The Redwood’s Women in Trade and Technology (WITT) programs offer tuition-free supportive programs that help survivors of violence begin a career in HVAC, Construction and Technology.
We support women, trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit people who have been affected by violence. We do this by providing support throughout the process of training and certification. The WITT assists survivors in graduating with the skills, opportunities, and knowledge of the industry so they may find secure employment and a good living wage. When our participants complete the program, it will open doors to rewarding career opportunities. With the support of the Women in Trade and Technology Job Developer, they can explore the industry where they not only work but excel in their chosen fields.
When leaving an abusive relationship, many women face many barriers and find it challenging to secure the kind of well-paid job they need to support their families on their own. This can lead women to return to a dangerous situation or to the person who abused them in the first place; it happens often, especially when they have children to feed and to keep a roof over their heads. We support them with training and certification so survivors do not need to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table.
Secure employment in the HVAC industry gives them control of their life, the confidence, and the satisfaction that they were longing for after all the struggle and the trauma that they experienced.
We at Redwood WITT are pleased to share their success story to serve as an inspiration. We helped them thrive by removing some barriers to continue their journey of healing and success. It is joyful to hear amazing stories from our past cohort who enjoy doing what they love in the trade and what the program meant to them; one of them shared:
“This program is a huge stepping stone for me to be able to join the trade as an HVAC technician. As curious as I am to join the trade, it has always been intimidating because men still dominate it. However, the program allowed me to meet amazing women doing so well in their careers in the trade. I also formed friendships with the other program participants, who were my support system. Meeting women with the same goals as me gives me a lot of confidence to grow in the trade.”