YWCA Accelerate
Programs & Services


YWCA Accelerate is a free program that supports youth ages 16 - 30 to find meaningful work in administration and customer service. Participants are paid while attending training. 

  • Six weeks of paid skills training (participants are paid bi-weekly while attending the group workshops), followed by eight weeks of professional work experience 
  • Follow-up support for an additional 12 weeks 
  • Up to $400 bonus after program completion 
  • In-demand professional certifications (e.g. SuperHost, First Aid, Serving it Right, Employment Standards, OnTrack Computer Training and more)  
  • Access to additional YWCA services 
  • Youth ages 16 - 30 
  • Interested in creating a sustainable career in Customer Service or Administration 
  • Unemployed and able to participate in a full-time, 14-week program (i.e. not a full-time student)  
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada 


Next start date: To be announced. 


After two and a half years of online program delivery, we are happy to introduce a new hybrid model, which will continue to provide participants with the flexibility of taking some of the workshops from home, but will add the much-needed face-to-face interactions between participants and facilitators.  

For more information on the program schedule, please attend an information session or contact us.

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us to discuss accommodation. 


YWCA Accelerate 
Career Zone | 2nd Floor, 1256 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 
604 605 4666 | accelerate@ywcavan.org 
Office hours: Monday to Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Canada - Federal Funding