It’s an early Sunday morning in summer when 27-year-old Alexandra Kelloway sets out from home for work. She’s off to teach a basic scaffolding course to apprentice carpenters at the Carpenters’ Local 27 Training Centre in Woodbridge, Ont.
Scaffolding helps build a trades career
Kelloway is a part-time instructor at the training centre, teaching safe assembly/disassembly of scaffolding for the course put on every other month for apprentices.
From Monday to Friday it is another story. She can be found working full-time as a scaffolder just about anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area for her employer, Tower Scaffolding Services Inc., a major scaffolding contractor.
She started working for Tower when she was still a teenager in 2005 after completing her first term of apprenticeship in carpentry. Today, Kelloway is a journeyperson carpenter, with her sights set on rising through the ranks at the company to leadhand and foreperson as she gains experience in an industry uncommon for women.
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