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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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We extend our heartfelt thanks to Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex for providing our Introduction to Construction and Craft Trades for Women (ICCTW) participants the opportunity to volunteer. Your support and collaboration are invaluable in helping us empower women in the trades. Thank you, Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex ! #CommunitySupport #womenintrades #icctw #westofwindsor ... See MoreSee Less
WEST was delighted to host our recent Industry Council Meeting. We were privileged to discuss updates on our Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program (and Introduction to Construction and Craft Trades for Women. A notable highlight was the introduction of our new Supporting Micro-Credential Apprenticeship Retention Training (SMART) program! A huge thanks to our Industry Council Members for contributing to the ongoing success of women in the skilled trades through collaboration, best practices, and ensuring the ongoing success of these pivotal programs. Special appreciation goes to our guest speakers from @stclaircollege, @uniforlocal444, and @liuna625 for their invaluable insights. #womeninskilledtrades #empoweringwomen #communitypartnerships #LIUNA 625 Training Centre Local 444 Unifor St. Clair College ... See MoreSee Less
What a great day to learn, share and partner with the great people Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex!! Thank you Habitat for Humanity We had a great day!! Looking forward to future opportunities 💙🛠️🛠️🛠️ ... See MoreSee Less
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