Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST)

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) was developed in 1984 as a response to disproportionately high levels of unemployment among women and the difficulties experienced by women attempting to enter the workforce.

During the course of development, it became apparent that the most disadvantaged women, in terms of training and employment opportunities, were visible minorities. As a result of those findings, a plan was implemented to create a technical and life skills training program specific to the needs of visible minority women residing in Windsor-Essex. WEST, a non-profit corporation and registered charitable organization, is the realization of that initiative.

With funding from Human Resources Development Canada, WEST opened its doors in February 1987, offering unique training opportunities for women from Windsor-Essex and around the globe. Through skills enhancement and volunteer placements, visible minority women have been prepared for entry to employment and have moved closer to achieving the success they desire.

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#shout-out to the amazing #WomenInTrades participants who completed In-class @StClairCollege today!! #YouDidIt #future millwrights, welders, CNC operators, ... #LifeChanging Thanks to all partners for you amazing support!! #untappedTalentPool #WEAreWindsorEssex @ONgov

#Awesome 💕❤️💕❤️🇨🇦✅ #Magdalena

Great to Excellent Program. Students are learning about our upcoming trip to Hotel-Dieu Hospital and The University of Windsor. A great way to learn about possible careers in the future. @7WPacers @gecdsbss @vickihouston66

Every year we volunteer to unload, sort & organize donations made to families in need. It’s heartbreaking to witness how many families need things like shampoo, toothpaste, and clothing.

There are still 11 days until xmas. Please consider donating to families in need 💙

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Congratulations to this amazing group of women with a goal!! Today was the last day in-class for the Pre-Apprenticeship program! You did it!! On to the next phase of your fabulous journey! Women in Trades! #WhyNotHer #untapped talent pool! Shout-out also to the many partners for playing an important role in developing skills development - thanks to the employers also who will be hiring this enthusiastic group! Partnerships Matter! These photos were taken in October at St. Clair College, just needed to re-share!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Each of us, in our community can find a way to give back and support others! The WEST Management Steering Committee led by WEST participants started collecting food around the Random Acts of Kindness day and then took time to deliver the food, and volunteer to stock shelves at the Downtown Mission (our neighbour). This is an important lesson for all of us.

Help a neighbour, help a friend, help our community!

All the best to the holiday season!
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If you're an Employer with questions you'd like to ask WEST, you can fill out our form on our website. We will review and respond to them immediately. buff.ly/20jUwyd
#employersontario #employers #queries #employersqueries #westofwindsor #womensuccess
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Our Programs Are Funded By

Employment Ontario
Government of Ontario
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada