The Canadian Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Council (COEJATC) is proud to be Title Partner of the 2023 Supporting Women in the Trades (SWiT) Conference. Hosted by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA), the event will take place June 10-12 in Winnipeg.

The three-day event will bring together more than 300 women in the trades, employers, labour organizations, government, educators and other advocates for diversity and inclusion from across Canada to share ideas and engage in a conversation on how to remove the barriers women encounter pursuing careers in which they are traditionally under-represented.

This year’s theme is “building community by reducing isolation and improving the sense of belonging for women in the trades.”

Led by the CAF-FCA, the event is designed to improve educational and industry experiences and create positive change for all equity-priority apprentices and tradespeople. Women can play a vital role in satisfying Canada’s future workforce requirements, and COEJATC is proud to support and promote change for women in the skilled trades.

COEJATC is a Canada-wide network of training institutions that conduct heavy equipment, crane, and safety training. COEJATC has initiated national projects involving the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) training centres across Canada. Through these joint ventures, quality, educational curriculum has been developed and taught to IUOE members, which includes e-learning and paper-based courses.