Women of Steel: Forging Forward

Women of Steel: Forging Forward

Due to an overwhelming response, the intake process for Women of Steel™: Forging Forward is closed.

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

This tuition-free program aims to encourage more women, those that identify as women, and 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 positions and processes, how to safely use hand and power tools, trades math, and more. Participate in a three-week work practicum and apply your training to real-world situations.

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Women of Steel: Forging Forward is presented in partnership with CWB Welding Foundation and is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning and Literacy and Essential Skills – Women Employment Readiness Program.

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At A Glance

  • Duration
    16 weeks
  • Credential
    Up to 6 CWB qualifications
  • work practicum
  • Tuition1

Who it is for

Women of Steel™: Forging Forward is for anyone who is a woman, identifies as a woman or is non-binary. It is geared toward designated equity groups such as BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, women with disabilities, newcomers, 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 hands-on welding training, followed by a 3-week 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

Program participants will receive wrap-around support led by a dedicated student success advisor. The advisor will work with students to ensure their needs are met to enable success in the program.

How to apply

Due to an overwhelming response, the intake process for Women of Steel™: Forging Forward is closed.

Entrance requirements

  • Grade 10 Math and English Language Arts. (Students will be asked to provide a copy of their transcript)
  • If educated outside of Canada, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency of at least CLB level 6 or equivalent.


The program runs from February 27 to June 23, 2023. There will be no classes from March 27 to 31.

A maximum of 15 students will be accepted.

Work practicum

Three week work practicum with a local company.

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COVID-19 Response

Due to the challenges raised by COVID-19, MITT reserves the right to alter course delivery methods and/or program durations. Course deliveries may require increased percentages of online/distance learning components, alternatives to work practicums, and extended program durations to accommodate physical distancing and work practicum placement restrictions. MITT will be providing an exceptional level of enhanced student and program supports to ensure this modified program experience continues to meet all required learning outcomes for your program.

Continuous Program Improvement

MITT continuously reviews and improves programs to maintain relevance in the workplace and effective learning experiences for all students. Although the institution strives to have the website reflect the most current version of all programs, MITT reserves the right to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet industry and accreditation requirements. As a result, course information and learning outcomes may be adjusted prior to the scheduled course start date.

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