Employment Programs

New YWCA Employment Programs

Friday, November 19, 2021

This spring, YWCA Metro Vancouver was successful in our grant applications to provide five new specialized employment and training programs, in addition to securing new contracts to continue providing two successful programs. The funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training is part of BC’s Economic Recovery Plan to help British Columbians upskill or reskill and find their place in the post-COVID economy. 

New Programs Serve Unique Demographics 

YWCA AXIS - A one-to-one employment program for immigrant women who have experienced domestic violence. Offered in English, Farsi, Mandarin or Punjabi, this trauma-informed program helps participants develop an employment or training plan to achieve sustainable employment or further education.  

YWCA LAUNCH2SUCCESS - A program for young entrepreneurs aged 15 to 29 looking to launch their own start-ups. The program connects participants with advisors, mentors and business networks to successfully develop and grow their business ideas. 

YWCA LEVEL UP - A program that explores a career in the trades, and that addresses the unique challenges women face when entering and working in trades. 

YWCA MINDSET - A specialized employment program for job seekers who are seeking support with stress management, anxiety and/or depression. Offered in partnership with Coast Mental Health. 

YWCA RESTART - A specialized employment program for women involved with the justice system. The program offers a safe, stigma-free environment to support participants to achieve their employment and education goals. Offered in partnership with Elizabeth Fry Society. 

Renewed Contracts for Much-Needed Programs 

YWCA ASPIRE - Provides newcomer and refugee women with job search skills and work experience.  

YWCA GEAR UP - A training program that equips youth 15-30 years old with the skills, certification and employer connections needed to secure a career as a bike mechanic. 

Program Impact 

“The fear and uncertainty I felt before attending YWCA Mindset have shifted to hope and excitement. I gained confidence in my abilities and have the tools I need to seek out and apply for the jobs I want. My dream job feels within reach!” - Allison 

“YWCA Axis was very helpful and I loved the flexible nature of the program. I was able to meet with my career advisor virtually based on my schedule. She was very patient and understanding. My confidence has improved and I have gained full-time employment.” - MK (testimonial translated from Farsi to English) 

For more information on YWCA employment programs, visit ywcajobseeker.org.


This article is part of the 2021 Fall/Winter edition of our Contact Newsletter. 
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