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More women in Alberta will have access to skilled trades training thanks to a recent $10 million allocation from the provincial government.

The funding will allow Women Building Futures, a non-profit training and support group, to expand its programming and help women pursue careers in industries where they are traditionally under-represented.

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The province estimates that nearly 20,000 skilled trade workers will retire over the next five years, creating opportunities for newly trained graduates.  They add that women represent just 5.3 per cent of total participation in construction and maintenance industries. Women Building Futures works with industry to offer mentoring and training. The organization boasts a 90 per cent or better employment rate within six months of graduation.

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