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Girls Understanding Skilled Trades Opportunities


GUSTO! is a one hundred percent Hibernia sponsored program engaging young women who are interested in learning about educational and career opportunities available in the skilled trades industries.

GUSTO! is a FREE workshop for high school girls across Newfoundland and Labrador who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in the carpentry and electrical trades. Participants are guided by two certified tradeswomen, where possible, in the construction and assembly of their very own wooden lamp.

GUSTO! offers gender-based career exploration from female mentors while exploring the realities of working as a tradesperson in today's labour market. GUSTO! introduces basic carpentry and electrical skills in a safe environment through demonstrations of the proper use of personal protective equipment, tools, materials, and machinery. A safety component covering the overview of the workshop covers occupational health and safety and WHMIS procedures.


Why consider a career in a non-traditional occupation?

  • Good pay, good benefits;
  • Apprenticeships mean less student debt;
  • Mega projects are required by government to increase the number of women;
  • Option to travel and to do seasonal work;
  • Flexibility in schedules/hours;
  • Ability to work offshore and to explore the natural environment;
  • Acquire technical skills in demand means your employment prospects are viable and transferable.


GUSTO! offers team-based, experiential learning, while using problem solving skills to create a finished product. By connecting girls to careers in skilled trades, engineering, design and operations, WRDC encourages girls to think outside of the box in their roles as girls and women in their communities and in their careers. When we break down the barriers to pursuing careers in non-traditional roles we give young women endless career opportunities.

© Women in Resource Development Corporation 2009