Jill of All Trades

Mission Statement

Through hands-on experiences in skilled trades, encouraged by a network of community partners, we will lead a movement that empowers young women to make informed career choices.

Since 2014, Jill of All Trades (JOAT) has been providing hands-on experiences to young women in grades 9-12 to introduce them to the possibilities of a career in the trades. These events provide a safe and engaging learning environment where female mentors, faculty and students engage in trades workshops.

Through this introduction to non-traditional roles, we aim to increase post-secondary enrolment in the trades to address Canada’s skilled trades shortage; boost interest in non-traditional trades sectors; and grow capacity and address gender diversity.

As the founding institution of Jill of All Trades, Conestoga is pleased to work with other colleges to deliver similar events across Canada and North America.

Jill of All Trades encourages young women to consider the opportunities and benefits of a future in skilled trades and technologies. Conestoga College grad Julia Wilson shares her story:

Jill of All Trades Rally - Cheering Young Women in Orange JOAT Shirts

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