Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA)

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89 McNamara Drive
Paradise, NL
A1L 3W2

Contact: Karen Walsh, Executive Director
Tel: (709) 757-5434, ext. 203
Fax: (709) 757-5437


OAWA is dedicated to ensuring that there are employment opportunities for female apprentices who have graduated from the various trades training programs. The Office works with female apprentices after completing their in-school training to connect them to employers, unions, government and training institutions with the ultimate goal of helping them achieve journeyperson status.

Target Population:

All female tradespersons or students currently enrolled in a trades training program, as well as partners including employers, unions, government and training institutions

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • Maintains a registry database of female tradesperson which identifies their trade, level of apprenticeship, employment status, and resumes. This database is continually updated as more women enter the trades, and helps connect prospective employers to qualified women tradespersons looking for apprenticeships.
  • The Wage Subsidy Program assists employers with the costs associated with hiring apprentices.
  • The Mentorship Program allows female tradespersons to mentor new women entering the trades, women interested in taking a trade, and high school girls who are taking skilled trade classes.