Trade program seeks students

Women in Trades Training at Okanagan College is breaking barriers with a foundation metal fabrication program designed to help women build both skills and confidence in this expanding field.

The 23-week intake of the metal fabrication program for women starts March 11 at the Kelowna campus.

“Metal fabrication is very closely tied to the welding industry, which is consistently the number one trades training choice for women in our programs,” said Nancy Darling, program administrator.

“Metal fabrication is one of the trades where demand for skilled workers is particularly strong right now, especially with the recent shipbuilding contracts awarded in the province.”

Women in Trades Training provides supports for eligible women who are either: unemployed and not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits, or employed but lacking certification.

Successful completion of the metal fabrication foundation program provides students with level one technical training credit from the Industry Training Authority and students also receive credit for 450 work-based hours toward completion of the metal fabricator apprenticeship.

For more information, contact 250-762-5445, ext. 4825, or visit



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