Welding Women

Trade up to a new career!

We Are Welders is a tuition-free program that is for low-income women and women experiencing violence and abuse to gain new skills, new careers and new opportunities.

This 30-week program is designed to prepare women for entry into the workforce. To ensure students are career-ready; the curriculum includes workshops aimed to build confidence, and acquire new skills/knowledge through a mix of theory and hands-on practical learning activities. Students will complete a variety of skill-building courses followed by an eight-week paid work placement (320 hours).

This program will be a blend of in-person and online classes. Access to a computer and the internet will be required.

Limited support may be available for childcare and transportation(subsidy application required).

Additional program benefits to eligible applicants include:

  • Tuition-Free
  • Small classes
  • 8 week paid work placement
  • Students who complete in-class courses will receive a tool kit for work placement

Students who successfully complete the program secured an employer/sponsor and have the minimum requirement for the trade can apply for an apprenticeship through Employment Ontario.

How much does the program cost?

This program is free for all qualified participants. Limited supports, such as childcare or transportation, may be available on a case-by-case basis.

How will I know if I meet the income requirements?

Each application will be assessed based on the information provided in your application. If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact admissions@snpolytechnic.com to discuss.

Office of Women’s Issues


Women’s Economic Security Program 2022/23

Size of family Maximum gross family income in the year prior to enrolment ($)
1 person(single student) 31,375
2 persons(student and spouse OR student plus child)


3 persons(student, spouse, and child OR student and 2 children)


4 persons (student, spouse and 2 children OR student and 3 children)


5 persons(student, spouse and 3 children OR student and 4 children)


6 persons (student, spouse and 4 children OR student and 5 children)


7 persons(student, spouse and 5 children OR student and 6 children)


How will I know if I was accepted to the program?

All applicants will receive an email acknowledgment that your application was received and completed.

If incomplete, additional documentation will be requested. Once your application has been assessed you will be notified of your admission status.

What if I need help completing my application?

Please contact admissions@snpolytechnic.com for assistance.

What if I don’t have my OSSD?

The OSSD or approved equivalent is recommended for students pursuing apprenticeship upon completion of this program. Academic upgrading such as the Academic Career Entrance (ACE) is available through various agencies.

Is there funding available for living costs while I’m in school?

Funding for this program only covers the cost of tuition. If you require assistance with living expenses, we encourage you to contact one of the many community agencies available that may be able to assist you.

Can I receive help with my childcare or transportation costs while I’m in school?

Limited funding is available to assist with these costs. Once accepted to the program please contact trades@snpolytechnic.com at Six Nations Polytechnic to request the subsidy application form.

What are the work placement requirements?

A 320-hour work placement is required for program completion and is scheduled in the last 8 weeks of the program.

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent is recommended
  • Must be a resident and able to work in Ontario
  • Meet income eligibility criteria
  • Minimum 16 years old or older
  • Only open to participants who are women or those who identify as women and/or non-binary.

Career Paths

  • Metal Fabricator
  • Production Welder
  • Ironworker
  • Welder Helper

Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction to Skills for Success (Academic Upgrading)
  • Life Skills and Empowerment Workshops
  • Career Awareness
  • Introduction to Workplace Health & Safety
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate (standard)
  • Employment Readiness
  • Introduction to Welding
  • Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Testing will be provided
  • 8-week work placement (requires successful completion of in-class courses)


411 Elgin St.
Brantford, ONN3S 7P5

General Contact:

Program Contact:
519-445-0023 ext. 6226

Inquire Now

Accrediting Institution

Six Nations Polytechnic

Program Length

30 weeks, full-time day delivery

Covid may cause rescheduling

Next Program Intake



Brantford Campus

Credential Type

We Are Welders – Woman’s Program Certificate