Program Description

The objective of the tuition-free We Are Welders program is to provide the soft skills, practical skills, safety training, technical skills and personal supports necessary for low-income women to gain local employment as a welder. The program will provide a combination of theory, hands-on and virtual training at the Brantford campus of Six Nations Polytechnic.

The 30-week course is comprised of six modules that include career awareness, team building, soft and life skills, welding, employment readiness and empowerment and a paid work placement.  The curriculum content plus workshops and resources aim to remove barriers, build confidence, acquire skills and prepare participants for a career as a welder.

Support may be available for child care and transportation if needed.

This program is directed towards women as it is funded under the Women's Economic Security Program by the Ministry of the Status of Women. 

Program Intake:

Full time – August 23, 2021 to March 18, 2022.  

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  1. Please note:  Program dates may change due to government restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. This program will be a blend of in-person and online classes.   Access to a computer and the internet will be required.

This program is only open to participants who are women or those who identify as women and/or non-binary.

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Admission Requirements: 
  • OSSD or equivalent
    • or Pass Mature Student Test
  • Must be a resident and able to work in Ontario
  • Meet income eligibility criteria set out by the Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services
  • Minimum 16 years old or older
  • Must attend a pre-screen assessment
Career Paths: 
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Production Welder
  • Ironworker
  • Boilermaker
  • Pipefitter