Trade HERizons

Trade HERizons is a project designed to increase the number of women in non-traditional trades and technology occupations on PEI. Women’s Network supports unemployed and underemployed women explore, prepare for, obtain and maintain employment in the trades and industrial technology fields. Additionally, WNPEI works with employers to create a culture of diversity in the workplace, which supports women’s full participation in non-traditional workplaces.

If you are a woman and:

  • Are looking for a new or challenging career
  • Enjoy working with your hands to create things (crafts, needlework, puzzles, etc.)
  • Prefer moving around in your job, rather than sitting behind a desk

Then consider a career in the trades!

Trade HERizons is offering one 12-week, full-time FREE course beginning January 5th, 2015.

The Trade HERizons information session for potential participants will be held

  • Tuesday, December 2nd, 1pm, Room 234, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE
  • Wednesday, December 3rd, 1pm, Room 234, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE
  • Tuesday, December 9th, 9am, Room 236, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE
  • Wednesday, December 10th, 1pm, Room 119, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE

For more information please contact Women’s Network PEI (WNPEI):

  • Call Richelle or Catherine at 902-368-5040 or toll free 1-888-362-7373
  • Email

Funding provided in whole or part by Canada-PEI Labour Market Development Agreement and/or the Government of Canada through the Canada–PEI Job Fund.



Why Do We Need Trade HERizons?

Women bring new skill sets and abilities to non-traditional job sites … a diverse workforce is a stronger workforce. As well, there is a shortage of skilled workers in these areas. And finally, jobs in these fields are well paid which enables women to transition from poverty to a sustainable livelihood.

“You can’t be what you can’t see.”
— Marie Wilson, Founder and President Emeritus of The White House Project


Since Trade HERizons began in 2010, we have been collecting the stories of Island trailblazers — both women and the employers who hire them — because these role models help us see that we can do it too! Take some time to check out Island women – both Trade HERizons participants and mentors.

Trade HERizons worked with two women from Holland College Graphic Design program to create paper dolls that you can download. We want little girls to see themselves in these occupations too!

Needs Assessment

As part of supporting women in non-traditional trades and technology, Women's Network PEI has developed recommendations to pave the way for future women in trades and technology on PEI. This needs assessment, called Bricks & Mortar: Building a Community Response to Employment and Gender Gaps in Trades and Technology on PEI, is based on conversations with interested women, working women, training institutions and employers in trades and technology


Profiles of dynamic Island women in trades and technology and employers/instructors who support their participation in trades and technology. These profiles were featured on our Trade HERizons - Women's Network PEI as part of a media blitz in November 2010. View Profiles


If you're a woman interested in exploring a new career in trades, applied science or technology, unemployed, or underemployed, not enrolled in school, ready for a new and exciting opportunity and want to make more money … then Trade HERizons may be for you! Try our quick assessment quiz which shows some of the key skills you need to work in these fields.


Becoming a mentor for women in non-traditional trades and technology means you can have increased opportunities to: share your experiences, which are often groundbreaking, so other women entering careers in non-traditional trades and technology can gain from these experiences; be a leader, share your knowledge and strengthen your skills; and have more female colleagues in your trade or technology.

Women’s Network supports women to develop or enhance their leadership and mentorship skills. If you are interested in supporting women in non-traditional careers in trades and technology and want to pass along your skills and knowledge. For more information please contact Sara or Cathy at 368-5040 or toll free 1-888-362-7373 or email 


For information on becoming an employer, please see our Employer Page.