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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 YWCA WorkBC Centres we can guide you through the entire job search process, from resume building to placement, according to your needs.

Admin Essentials for women

Admin Essentials prepares women for sustainable and meaningful employment in office administration. This 12-week program includes nine weeks of training and three weeks of practicum experience. 

Changing Gears for women 

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

Tourism Essentials for women

Tourism Essentials is a FREE 6-week training program that prepares women for a rewarding career in tourism. 

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 the Vancouver area. 

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.

NextStep Research focused on recent grads

NextStep Mentorship Program aimed to understand how mentorship can help unemployed recent graduates secure employment. The three-year project addressed the issue through research and tools for action.