• YWCA Employment Programs

Our employment programs help you gain the skills, confidence and experience you need to find a job or move on to further training.

From single moms and women returning to work after an absence to older workers and newcomers to Canada, we've got an employment program to suit your needs and skills.

Aspire for newcomer refugee women

Aspire is a FREE 22-week program that assists newcomer refugee women in gaining valuable work experience with organizations in the non-profit sector.

Changing Gears for women 

Changing Gears is a FREE 23-week Truck Driver Training Program for Women.

Gear Up for youth 16 - 30 years old

Gear Up is a FREE 10-week program that equips youth (16 - 30 years old) with the skills, certification and employer connections necessary to work as a bike mechanic. 

FOCUS@Work for women

FOCUS @ Work helps women assess their skills and strengths, set career goals and develop job search skills to get meaningful employment. This FREE 12-week program includes three weeks of workshops and nine weeks of full-time job search support.

Elevate Skills for immigrant women

Elevate Skills is a FREE employment program that assists immigrant women in navigating the Canadian labour market and securing a meaningful career. 

Job Futures 55+ for job seekers who are 55+ years old

Job Futures 55+ is a FREE 10-week employment program that prepares mature workers (55+) to achieve sustainable employment through skills training and employment supports. 

Online Essentials for women 15 - 30 years old

Online Skills is a FREE 12-week online program that prepares young women for careers in office administration, customer service, telecommunications or tourism.

Strive for youth transitioning from care

Strive is a holistic 12-week program to support youth ages 17-24 who are transitioning or have transitioned out of foster care. The program helps with basic life and employability skills to support a successful transition to independence.

Survive to Thrive for survivors of violence and/or abuse

Survive to Thrive is a FREE 12-week program that offers specialized employment and skills training services for survivors of violence and/or abuse.

Tech Connect for newcomer women

Tech Connect is a FREE 10-week program that supports newcomer women with IT experience to secure a career in B.C.'s booming tech industry.

Tourism Essentials for women 15-30 years old

Tourism Essentials is a FREE 12-week training program that prepares women for a rewarding career in tourism.