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Looking for a sustainable career that can adapt to a fluctuating job market?

YWCA Online Essentials is a FREE online program that prepares young women for careers in office administration, customer service, telecommunications or tourism.

Participants are paid for the training and practicum hours.


  • Women between 15-30 years of age 
  • Interested in creating a sustainable career 
  • Unemployed and able to participate in a full-time, 12-week program (ie. not a full-time student) 
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or confirmed refugee status 
  • Not currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada 
  • Completion of high school not required 

Please note: Those who are currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or are in full-time school are not eligible for this program.


  • No fee to participate
  • 6 weeks of PAID online skills training (participants are paid bi-weekly while they attend the online group sections)
  • 6 weeks of PAID professional work experience 
  • Follow-up support for an additional 12 weeks
  • $250 bonus after program completion
  • In-demand professional certifications (e.g. SuperHost, First Aid, Food Safe, Serving it Right, Employment Standards, OnTrack Computer Training, Essential Skills) 
  • Access to additional YWCA services

START DATE: June 1, 2020

Register now


Contact onlineessentials@ywcavan.org

YWCA Online Essentials is funded by the government of Canada.