In 2023 the CEC has welcomed Easter Seals Newfoundland & Labrador and the Office To Advance Women Apprentices to the collaboration. You can learn more about their aims, supports and services and Career Development Practitioners on our Community Partners Page. 

Easter Seals Newfoundland & Labrador’s aim is to engage, inspire, and maximize opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages by providing meaningful programs and services. On the education and employment side, they offer the Opportunities Fund, Horizon Work Experience Program, I can Do program and Secure Futures Program. Paula Hayes, Director of Education and Employment Services sits on the CEC Advisory Committee. 

Office To Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) aims to increase employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades and is part of a national network. Lori Ledrew, Executive Director sits on the CEC Advisory Committee. 

Here is some of what they offer:

  • Apprentice Network – Connecting tradeswomen to employers
  • Registry Database of female tradespersons identifying trade, level of apprenticeship, employment status, resumes, and travel availability
  • Wage Subsidy Program to assist employers with the costs associated with hiring apprentices
  • Mentorship Program offering speaking engagements and one-on-one mentoring from established tradeswomen to new tradeswomen, as well as high school students in skilled trades classes.
  • Workshops for journeypersons and apprentices preparing for their Red Seal Exams, including initial assessment and ongoing tutoring.
  • Trades Teaser Educational Presentations for schools and the public
  • Career Exploration in the trades
  • Federal Incentives Grants