Women of Steel: Forging Forward

Women of Steel: Forging Forward

Please note this program is now accepting names to its waiting list.

Students of the Women of steel program

Start your career in welding with the Women of Steel™: Forging Forward program.

This tuition-free program aims to encourage more First Nations people who are women, who identify as women or are non-binary individuals to choose careers in welding and welding-related industries.

Get hands-on skills training in MITT’s recently-expanded, state-of-the-art weld shop. Learn multiple welding processes, how to safely use hand and power tools, trades math, and more.

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At A Glance

  • Duration
    16 weeks, Monday to Friday, days
  • Credential
    Up to 2 MITT Micro Certificates; and 4 CWB Qualifications
  • work practicum
  • Tuition1

Who it is for

This program is for First Nations people who are women, who identify as women or are non-binary. It is geared toward designated equity groups such as 2SLGBTQIA+, women with disabilities, and those with prolonged detachment from the labour force.

Program components

The Women of Steel™: Forging Forward program is a 16-week program that includes 13 weeks of theory and practical welding training, followed by a three-week paid work practicum.

Students will have the opportunity to see what a career in welding can look like through career exploration, industry tours, and guest speakers from the welding industry.

In addition to pre-employment welding preparation, students receive training in sought-after work skills, including adaptability, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. Students will also learn resume writing and interview skills.

Student supports

Participants receive wrap-around support led by a dedicated student success advisor. The advisor will work with students to identify barriers and work with students one-on-one towards meeting their needs.


Please note the program is now only accepting names to its waiting list.

Complete the self-declaration form to indicate your interest in the program.

Eligible participants can expect to take part in an info session, informal interview, and math/reading assessment as part of the intake process.

Those on the waiting list will be notified if spaces are available in a future intake of the program.

Entrance requirements

  • Grade 10 Math and English Language Arts. A transcript will be requested.
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency (if educated outside Canada) of at least CLB level 6 or equivalent.


The program runs from April 29 to August 16, 2024.

Work practicum

Three week paid work practicum with a local company.

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“I like the community we have created right from the beginning.”

— Fall 2023 participant

“I loved that it was an all-women’s program and how supportive everyone was.”

— Fall 2023 participant

“This program has spoiled every single one of us; from the relationships we have built with one another to the reassurance from our instructors and their constant encouragement. I don’t believe in any other area of life, will any of us get to experience this again. Thank you for that. Thank you for making me terrified. Thank you for believing in not one or two of us, but every single woman here. Some of us only needed one person to push us but we were given a community.”

— Fall 2023 participant

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Funding for this project is provided in part by First Peoples Development Inc. and Employment and Social Development Canada.

Women of Steel is a registered service mark of CWB Welding Foundation. All rights reserved.

The Women of Steel™: Forging Forward project is funded by the Government of Canada's Adult Literacy and Essential Skills – Women Employment Readiness Program.

Continuous Program Improvement

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