YWCA Gear Up is a free 13-week program that equips youth ages 15 - 30 with the skills, certification and employer connections necessary to work as a bike mechanic. 

  • Five weeks of in-class skills development workshops, including Introduction to Bike Mechanics Certificate 
  • Six weeks of work experience with a local bike repair shop (honorarium provided) 
  • Two weeks of one-to-one job search support  
  • 15 to 30 years of age 
  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or confirmed refugee status 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada 
  • Unemployed, underemployed (working less than 20h/week) and not a full-time student
  • Able to participate in a 13-week program 

COVID-19 Update:  All bike mechanic workshops will take place in a bike shop provided by the Pedal Society with COVID-19 safety protocols. 


Next start date: April 3, 2023. We accept referrals on an ongoing basis. 

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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.


Career Zone | 2nd Floor, 1256 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 
604 605 4666 or 604 250 9342 | gearup@ywcavan.org 


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