Since 2022, Cooper Equipment Rentals has partnered with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) to offer the Cooper Equipment Rentals Bursary for Women in Construction.
This bursary is intended to support the career development of Canadian women seeking further education or job skills training in construction-related fields, by providing funding to students actively enrolled in Canadian post-secondary programs.
Cooper continuously strives to be involved in the development of women in the skilled trades by deepening our relationships with organizations like CAWIC who align with our commitment to attract, train, retain and sponsor women in construction-related industries.
Special thanks go to all the students across Canada who applied for Cooper’s bursary this year.
2023 Cooper Equipment Rentals Bursary for Women in Construction Recipients
We are thrilled to announce this year’s recipients of the Cooper Equipment Rentals Bursary for Women in Construction.
The bursary committee reviewed all the applications received, and recipients were selected based on meeting the specified required criteria. Recipients have the opportunity to be awarded bursaries between $1,000 and $2,000.
Rebecca was awarded $2,000 to continue her Red Seal Carpenter certification at Yukon University. She wants to support women and gender diverse homeowners complete thoughtful energy-efficient renovations. With women representing a very small percentage of the Yukon trades workforce, Rebecca wants to contribute to developing a more inclusive and safe work culture for women and gender diverse individuals.
Valeria was awarded $1,500 to continue her Electrical Techniques program at Niagara College. She is passionate about building a career in the trades where she can use her problem solving and hands-on skills to excel. Valaria believes that more women should seek a career in the trades, especially a career as an electrician, as construction jobs can be a very empowering and fulfilling career choice.
Robyn de Groot
Robyn was awarded $1,250 to continue her Welding certification at Vancouver Island University. Robyn has a love for skilled trades and is committed to developing a career in the construction industry. With prior experience as a machinist and multiple home renovation projects, she hopes to inspire and support future women on their career journeys.
Shawntel recently completed her Carpentry program at Algonquin College and was awarded $1,250 to assist in obtaining her Red Seal. She aspires to start her own business in the residential sector. Shawntel notes the diversity and inclusion within the Carpentry Union Local 93 has played an important role in helping her succeed in carpentry.
Congratulations to these inspirational women! We wish them great success as they further pursue their education and careers in the skilled trades.
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) is a not-for-profit organization focused on the success of women in the Canadian construction industry. One of CAWIC’s mandates is to promote education and encourage women to pursue careers in the construction industry. To help identify potential applicants for bursaries, CAWIC works with various Canadian post-secondary institutions that provide diploma or degree programs in construction-related disciplines to distribute information to students regarding their available bursary programs.
Learn more about CAWIC on their website: https://cawic.ca/