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. 

  • Six weeks of in-class skills development workshops, including Introduction to Bike Mechanics Certificate 
  • Five weeks of work experience with a local bike repair shop 
  • Honorarium provided for completion of milestones
  • Two weeks of one-to-one job search support  
  • 15 to 30 years of age 
  • 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 
  • Unemployed, underemployed (working less than 20h/week) and not a full-time student
  • Able to participate in a 13-week program 


Next start date: October 1, 2024. We accept referrals on an ongoing basis. 

Register now


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. 

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


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