Building Forever: Women's Pre-Trades Program

Building Forever: Women’s Pre-Trades Program is a partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories, Gahcho Kué Mine (De Beers Group and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.) and the Native Women’s Association of the Northwest Territories. This program will give six women from the Northwest Territories a paid opportunity to explore a career in a skilled trade.

Each participant will be paired with a Northern mentor (either a long-term employee or supervisor from Gahcho Kué Mine) for an 11-day paid work placement. In addition to providing exposure to a career in the trades, the mentorships will also focus on building confidence, establishing work-life balance and ensuring that each participant feels safe and accepted while on site.

After the 11-day paid work placement, participants will be asked to complete an exit interview and encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship with Gahcho Kué mine. 
Gahcho Kué has created two apprenticeship positions for female NWT residents starting in 2022.

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To be eligible to participate in the program, participants must:

  • Be a female NWT resident (Canadian citizen or permanent resident of 18 years and older) ;
  • Be interested in exploring a career in the trades; 
  • Pass an interview; and
  • Pass security, medical and vaccination clearances. 

Possible Trades

Building Forever: Women’s Pre-Trades Program will focus on designated trades available in the NWT such as:

  • Electrician; 
  • Millwright;
  • Carpenter;
  • Heavy Equipment Technician;
  • Plumber;
  • Parts Technician;
  • Instrument Technician; and 
  • Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator.