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Educational Resource Centre
WRDC: Photo Courtesy of Cindy Parsons


The WRDC Educational Resource Centre (ERC) has grown from the work being done by Women In Resource Development under its mandate to increase the participation of women in trades and technology occupations within the natural resource sectors.

The Centre was created in 2002 with the goal of offering province-wide resources to girls and women who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn about these careers.

The resources available at the Centre include a range of programs, services and materials.

The Educational Resource Centre (ERC) currently offers six programs:
NOTE: All ERC Programs are based on available funding.

  • Techsploration Newfoundland & Labrdor - is a program designed to provide young women with opportunities to explore trades, technical and technology-related occupations, while creating an awareness about the critical role of work in their lives. It also helps them understand the significance of high school math and science to their future careers.
  • GUSTO! (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.
  • TOTT (Techsploration: Orientation to Trades and Technology) is a 13-week program developed by WRDC to give women ages 17-22 practical experience of natural resource-based industries. It has been previously funded by Hebron and Hibernia Management Development Corporation (HMDC). This program is delivered by the College of the North Atlantic and has been specifically designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for women to explore trades and technology through a hands-on training courses.

An essential part of these programs has been the development of a mentors' network for girls and women working in or preparing for careers in trades, technology and science.

After participating in WRDC mentor workshops these women participate as role models and industry representatives in various programs and events.

The Educational Resource Centre (ERC) also houses a resource library which is available to the public

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