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Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training Grant

Grants to Ontario, Canada Non-Profits & Others to
Train Low-Income Women in IT or Skilled Professions

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Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration - Ontario Women’s Directorate

Deadline Date:

11/18/13 5:00 PM


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Grants are available to Ontario, Canada non-profits, community colleges, and others to provide job training programs for low-income, unemployed or underemployed women, who are high school graduates, to work in a skilled trade or in the information technology field. Eligible programs must provide gender-sensitive in-class training and on-the-job training.

The Skilled Trades stream provides pre-apprenticeship training geared towards increasing the number of women in skilled trades. Following graduation, women are qualified to enter a variety of high-demand skilled trades jobs and apprenticeships.

The Information Technology stream enables women to secure employment, further training and certification in the IT sector, or to enter IT apprenticeship programs. As a result of this initiative, women are prepared for well-paying employment in the information technology sector, and employers are able to recruit and retain more skilled workers.

Training programs must integrate the following elements:

• Skills-based employment training in either a skilled trade or information technology field.

• Skills training that incorporates employability and workplace preparation (e.g. job search and interview skills, employment standards, human rights and workplace safety, workplace tours, workplace culture preparedness etc.). This training should provide the particular supports women need to access and succeed in training and the work place and prepare them to meet employer expectations. Training must also provide skills to address gender sensitivity and cultural awareness.

• Educational activities for partners such as employers and training institutions to promote a positive work and learning environment for women. The proposal must demonstrate that work placements and training environments are appropriate for female trainees and that there are policies in place to address issues of harassment.

• Paid work placements provided through a partnership between the training institution and employers. Employers offering positions in targeted entry level skilled trades or IT jobs must participate in the design and implementation of the work-based component. If a paid placement is not possible, an option for volunteer placement must be provided.

• Services to help participants find and maintain suitable employment (e.g. job search, job placement, employment counseling).

• Referrals for further education and training.

• Assistance to remove barriers to training for program participation (e.g. childcare, travel, food on-site, accessibility for women with disabilities).

• Opportunities for peer support and to help participants develop a network supportive of their goals.

• Recognition of achievements (e.g. pre-apprenticeship certification, certificate indicating courses completed, graduation).

• Some programs may also include academic upgrading required by participants to attain the minimum academic requirements for the area of study or academic skills required for successful completion of their program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 136924

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Term of Contract:

Project activities are expected to begin April 1, 2014 and be completed by March 31, 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community colleges
Adult education centers
Approved training delivery agencies

An organization incorporated federally or provincially as a not-for-profit corporation, or:
• A broader public sector organization, or
• An Aboriginal organization that is a legal entity

Organizations that do not meet any of the above criteria may be part of a collaborative or consortium that includes at least one eligible member. The eligible member would act as the lead applicant and would accept legal and financial responsibility for any approved grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The WIST/IT Training program is delivered through funding to training delivery agencies in communities where skill shortages have been identified or are projected by local employers and labor market information.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Melani Tandon
Phone: 416.314.0321; Toll Free: 1.866.510.5902
TTY: 416.314.0258

Training Hotline Number:
(416) 326-5656 or 1-800-387-0777

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario;

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