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WorkBC Menu of Services

At the YWCA WorkBC Employment Services Centres we offer a range of FREE services to suit your individual needs. 

Visit one of our WorkBC Centres and find out the services that are available for you.

Below you will find a complete list of services: 


Employment Resource Centre

All Job Seekers have access to our employment resource centre, where we provide free services, such as one to one career advising; computer access with high speed internet; job posting boards; photocopying, scanning, faxing; phone and message services; employment and community resources; labour market information; disability workstation including JAWS screen reading software, Magic software; Dragon Naturally Speaking software; French workstation including software and resources in French.

Eligible: All job seekers


Job Search Supports

Job Search Financial Supports are available to Job Seekers who are diligently searching for work and need financial support to conduct their job search. These financial supports include transportation (e.g., transportation to and from ESC and job interviews), dependent care, personal grooming and hygiene, work clothes/shoes/boots, licensing, and employment disability supports.

Specific Eligibility applies


Job Starts

Job Start Financial Supports are provided to Job Seekers who have a confirmed job offer and lack the finances/resources to cover all or part of the costs of items or expenses to start the job. These financial supports include transportation, dependent care, essential work clothing, essential work supplies, Tools and Equipment, Personal Grooming and Hygiene (BCEA and General Clients with disabilities only), licencing, employment related disability accomodation costs, and Short Term Occupational Certification (STOC).

Specific Eligibility applies



Looking for work but unsure about how to go about it? Have a resume but not sure if it is suitable? Not confident about your interview skills? Our range of workshops are for job seekers who want to find work, explore career choices, find job leads, prepare for interviews, and discover job searching tips. Our Workshop topics include Resume Writing, Cover Letters, Interview Skills, Job Search Express, How to use Social Media in your Job Search, Where the Jobs are, Mock Interviews, Career Exploration and many more. We will even personalise a workshop to your job searching needs.

Eligible: All job seekers


Short Term Orientation and Training (STOC)

In today’s labour market, Job Seekers often need entry level certification (STOC) for a job or to increase their chances of finding one. Our WorkBC ESC funds eligible clients with STOC training. Examples include: FoodSafe, WorldHost, First Aid, WHMIS, Security Guard Training, Forklift Training, Basic Computer Training, Serving It Right and many more.

Eligible: All job seekers


Occupational Skills Training

The WorkBC ESC Occupational Skills Training is for Job Seekers who don’t have the skills or require skills upgrading to find work in industries that are in demand in BC. We provide funding for tuition, books/supplies, living supports, dependent care, and transportation.

Specific Eligibility applies


Basic and Essential Skills Training

Basic and Essential Skills Training provides job seekers with English as a Second Language skills training, and/or Academic Upgrading and/or Essential Skills Training in reading, writing, numeracy and basic computer use to help them find full time employment or increase their opportunity to do so.

Specific Eligibility applies



Interested in starting your own business? Have a hobby you wish to turn into a business? The YWCA in partnership with the YMCA offers eligible clients a free 48-week Self-Employment Program that will give you the knowledge, tools and resources to start your own business. We provide funding for tuition, living supports, dependent care, transportation and disability supports if required. With approval, clients can earn income within their business without losing income supports.

Specific Eligibility applies


Wage Subsidy Work Experience

The Wage Subsidy Work Experience program gives job seekers the ability to upgrade their existing skills on a paid work experience from 3 to 6 months. Our staff will guide you through the process from marketing yourself/your skills to various employers to finding you a paid work experience with a reputable company.

Specific Eligibility applies


Project Based Labour Market Training (PBLMT)

PBLMTs assists eligible Job Seekers to obtain the skills and experience they need for employment. Through a combination of classroom instruction, and on-the-job work experience, job seekers are able to build on their existing skills and increase their network of potential employers. These projects offer employment training that may include basic and essential skills, specific skills as identified by local employers, on the job experience and a range of supported activities such as counselling, learning assessments, job search skills and referrals to community resources.

Specific Eligibility applies


Job Creation Partnership (JCP)

JCPs are community based projects that provide job seekers with the opportunities to gain needed, recent work experience that will improve their Employment Readiness, build on existing skills and increase their network of potential employers. These are paid work experiences. Examples of projects that have had JCP’s include the Vancouver Folk Festival, and DOXA Film Festival.

Specific Eligibility applies


Job Development Services

Are you ready and able to work but don’t know how to go about it and lack the networks/networking skills? Our Job Development Team works with you on a one to one basis and individually market you and your skills to employers in the community. They arrange interviews and support you at job interviews as required and negotiate job terms and conditions. Additionally, they provide job coaching on how to succeed in the workplace.

Specific Eligibility applies


Customized Employment Development Services

These services involve identifying, initiating or creating a new job, carving an existing job by negotiating to re-arranging work tasks to create a unique job, or creating Self-Employment opportunities. Our staff will provide you with an individualized assessment of your strengths, needs and interests, and develop an Employment Profile to assist you in obtaining employment. They arrange interviews and support you at job interviews and negotiate job terms and conditions. They also provide job coaching on how to succeed in the workplace.

Specific Eligibility applies


Unpaid Work Experience

Unpaid Work Experience provides BCEA job seekers with a valuable work experience and helps them develop/improve their skills by working in an actual employment environment. These are normally short duration placements and provide BCEA job seekers with the opportunity to explore occupations, interests, skills and potential customized job opportunities that fit their needs.

Specific Eligibility applies


Personal Counselling

For Job Seekers that have experienced violence and/or abuse, we can provide up to ten sessions with a registered Counsellor to provide support in moving forward towards employment.

Specific Eligibility applies


Learning Employment and Development Skills (LEADS)

The YWCA WorkBC LEADS program aims to provide employment and personal development training to those who have experienced violence or abuse at any point or area of their lives. The program runs for 12 weeks and offers a wealth of supports and workshops. Group workshops provide an environment where every individual is free to work through their trauma caused by violence and abuse, engage in healthy community connections, and gain access to a wealth of supports through the YWCA’s WorkBC programs.

Specific Eligibility applies


Disability Supports

WorkBC assists Clients with Disabilities with the costs of participating in WorkBC services, accessing training, and achieving/maintaining employment. Examples of these supports include Assistive Devices, Equipment or Technology; Workplace Access or Modifications; Communication/Hearing Devices; Ergonomic/Restorative Supports; Attendant Services; and Interpreting or Captioning.

Specific Eligibility applies


Find the WorkBC Employment Services Centre in your neighborhood.