What is the acronym WEST?
Women’s Employment Skills Training
Who is this program for?
People who identify as women
What is the cost?
Free! This program is fully funded by Employment and Social Development Canada.
Do I need 100% attendance to complete the program?
Attendance is an important part of your success in the program, our expectation is that no more than 3 days of learning are missed. We understand that life happens – your Elevate Aviation Learning Centre support team will work with you to support your learning experience.
How long is the program?
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How many hours per day?
Classes will run Monday through Friday 0900-1530, however times are subject to change; Aviation is a 24/7 industry!
Do I need experience in aviation to attend?
No! That is what we are here for!
What will I learn?
Our program is built around the 9 Skills for Success as outlined by Employment and Social Development Canada. You will hone these skills and gain an understanding of how they are applied in various aviation careers. You will meet aviation professionals who will share what a day in the life at the airport looks like, feels like and sounds like and then you will spend a week behind the scenes exploring those careers in person.
What type of certifications will I receive?
- First Aid & CPR
- Restricted Operator Permit
- Fire Safety & Extinguisher
- OHS Legislation Awareness
- PPE Training
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
- Positive Space Training
- CASAP – Canadian Airport and Security Awareness Program – Federal and Local Airport awareness training
What if I already have a certification listed above, do I need to take the course again?
Our Career Coach will work with you on a case by case basis.
What should I expect after I complete the program?
At the completion of the 9 week WEST program you will feel confident with the knowledge, certifications and equipment required to enter the world of aviation!
Will I be promised a job after completion of the program?
Through your training we will do our best to equip you with all the tools, support and mentorship needed to launch your career! You will be introduced to aviation companies that are actively hiring however, the rest is up to you to secure employment.
What types of jobs are in aviation?
Aviation provides varied career opportunities – Passenger Service Agents, Ramp Handling, Pilot, Flight Attendant, Security and Air Traffic Control – just to name a few! See our Aviation Career page for more information.
I don’t own a computer, will one be supplied to me?
If required, you will be supplied with a laptop, mouse, headphones, mouse-pad and notebook. At the end of the program you are responsible to return all equipment in working order.
What supports are available to me?
We are here to help you succeed in this program. Our Intake Advisors are happy to discuss any barriers you may face while attending WEST.
What is the age requirement for this program?
There is no age requirement, however you must be able to attend the program full-time for 9 weeks.
I don’t live in Edmonton, can I still attend?
Yes you can! We have space for virtual learning, but you must live in Canada.
Do I need to be vaccinated to attend this course?
While you do not need to be vaccinated to attend our training program, please be aware that many employers in the aviation industry may have this as a requirement to work. Elevate Aviation Learning Centre will follow all provincial and federal guidelines in relation to COVID-19*.
Do I need to wear a mask while in class?
You do not need to wear a mask during class time, however we will adhere to any provincial and federal guidelines as they arise. Please note there are areas in the airport environment where masks are mandatory.