The Vermilion Energy/YWCA Skills Training Centre is funded by Vermilion Energy. The program is delivered by the YWCA of Calgary staff. Tuition and living allowances for trainees may be provided if an applicant is deemed eligible through the Provincial Government or through the YWCA of Calgary. Please note the program is only open to women and the minimum age to apply is 16.
- You must be female!
- You want to work in the skilled trades and construction industry
- You are unemployed, under-employed, re-entering the workforce or changing careers
- You lack the necessary skills to find secure and suitable employment in the construction industry
- You are at least 16 years old
Successful Applicants have a few financial support options
Primary Option: Full tuition and living allowance paid for and administered through Government of Alberta.
Other options available once these Government Funded seats are full:
- Self Pay: trainee pays full tuition and supports self while attending the program
- Self and YWCA Donor/Sponsor Pay: Sponsor pays tuition; trainee pays for books and supplies and supports self while attending the program
- YWCA Donor/Sponsor Pay: Sponsor pays tuition, books and supplies as well as provides a living allowance
- Additional supports may be available through the YWCA of Calgary for childcare, food and housing
If you are a member of an Aboriginal Band you may make a request or an application to the band for support or subsidy to attend the training program.
Please contact us for details.
More information on the primary funding option
Provincial funding may be available based on approval by Prospect. Applicants must attend a group seminar to begin the application process. The group seminars are located at Prospect 130, 910 7th Avenue SW (403) 237-5108
Mondays @ 1:00pm
Wednesdays @ 9:00am & 1:00pm
*Please note, you do not need to register for the group seminars*
- During the group seminar, you will receive a small booklet of paperwork that is about 5-6 pages in length. Complete this paperwork as soon as possible.
- We can assist you with that paperwork!
- Once your paperwork has been completed, call Prospect to schedule a face to face interview. During the interview, you will be asked about previous work experience and any education or training you’ve received.
- If Prospect deems you potentially eligible for funding, you will receive a second booklet of paperwork. This one is very basic. You must bring that back to the training centre for us to sign. When this paperwork has been submitted and approved, a training allowance will be provided to you while in the program.