Hydro partnering with WRDC to offer scholarships for women in trades

March 8th, 2018





WRDC & Hydro Press for Progress with the 2018 Trades Scholarships for Women

Today, on International Women’s Day, Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC), in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, announce the 2018 Trades Scholarships for Women. Six scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to female students pursuing a skilled trades program in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The announcement was made during a launch event held at College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive campus. The event, which celebrated women’s achievements and success in the energy sector, focused on the International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme… #PressforProgress.

“WRDC is very pleased to partner with NL Hydro on the 2018 Trades Scholarships for Women,” stated Cheri Butt, Chief Executive Officer of WRDC. “While we have seen significant improvements over the past 20 years, women continue to be underrepresented in trades and technology occupations. These scholarships provide essential support for women pursuing careers in skilled trades in our province.”

The scholarships will be awarded on September 26, 2018 to women enrolling in one of the following eligible programs.


  • Powerline Technician
    • Construction/Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

    • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
    • Welder
    • Carpenter
    • Automotive Service Technician
    • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

“At Hydro we’re committed to building a workforce that is diverse and representative of the communities where we live and work,” said Jennifer Williams, Vice President of Production with Hydro. “As a utility, we fully recognize that women are often under-represented in many technical roles and skilled trades. Through initiatives like the Women in Trades Scholarships, our goal is to help close the gap by providing women with the support they need to launch successful careers in the trades.”

Applications and further details are available on WRDC’s website (http://wrdc.ca) and on Hydro’s website (www.nlhydro.com/wrdcscholarshipsforwomen). Deadline for submission is July 10, 2018.

Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) is a provincial non-profit organization committed to increasing women’s participation in trades and technology since 1997. With both private and public funding, WRDC, and its Educational Resource Center (ERC), offer a variety of programs and services to address the challenges surrounding the attraction, recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in these sectors.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro manages our province’s electricity system. We are a company of people who work hard behind the scenes because we know our customers are counting on us. Through our generation, transmission and distribution operations, we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers and providing residents, businesses and communities across the province with safe, reliable power. For more information, visit https://www.nlhydro.com

Media Contact:

Rebecca Rowe
Program Coordinator
Educational Resource Centre
Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC)
t. (709) 738-8198 f. (709) 738-3743

Erin Squires
Communications Manager, Hydro
Corporate Communications, Hydro
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro – a Nalcor Energy company
t. 709 737-1311  c. 709 697-1186
e. ErinSquires@nlh.nl.ca
w. www.nlhydro.com