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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.

WorkBC Centres for all job seekers 

At the WorkBC Centres we can guide you through the entire job search process, from resume building to placement, according to your needs. Find your local WorkBC Centre here. 

Changing Gears for women 

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

FOCUS@Work for women

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

LEADS for survivors of violence/abuse 

LEADS offers support in group and individual sessions for a period of up to 12 weeks. The program assists participants in finding and maintaining employment, economic sustainability and enhancing wellness.

Pathways to Leadership for single mothers new to Canada

Pathways to Leadership is a free 14-week course for immigrant single mothers that gives you information on employment, education and training resources in Vancouver and Surrey. 

RoadWorks for those currently or previously on EI

RoadWorks is a FREE 15-week Asphalt Paving Training and Employment Program that includes road building experience with a union contractor. Graduates will be ready to start a rewarding job in construction. 

Self Employment Program for eligible entrepreneurs

The YWCA in partnership with the YMCA offers a free 48-week Self-Employment Program that will give you the knowledge and resources to start and succeed in your own business.

Skills Max for youth

Skills Max is a free six-week employment and training program that prepares youth, 15-29 years old, for office administration and warehousing positions in Metro Vancouver.

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.

Tourism Essentials for women

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