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Are you ready to break into the exciting tourism industry?

YWCA Tourism Essentials is a FREE 12-week program that prepares young women for rewarding careers in tourism and hospitality. 

Participants are paid for the training and practicum hours.


  • Women between 15-30 years of age
  • Interested in creating a sustainable career in the tourism industry
  • 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 


YWCA Tourism Essentials employment program is split into three phases to ensure you get the skills and training to best help you achieve a career in the tourism industry.

Phase 1: Training (6 weeks)
  • Tourism-related skills
  • Group-based employability skills
  • Industry training and certifications (e.g. SuperHost, First Aid, Food Safe, Serving it Right, How Not To Get Fired and Employment Standards)
  • Career exploration and planning in the tourism sector
  • One-on-one employment counselling and support 
Phase 2: Paid Work Experience (6 weeks)

Paid work experience with an employer in the tourism sector. 

Phase 3: Follow-Up

12-weeks follow up after the program ends.


  • No fee to participate
  • 6 weeks of PAID skills training (participants are paid bi-weekly while they attend the in-class training)
  • 6 weeks of PAID professional work experience 
  • Follow-up support for an additional 12 weeks
  • $250 bonus after program completion
  • In-demand professional certifications
  • Access to additional YWCA program and services


  • March 2, 2020

Sign-up for an info session now.


Contact 604 216 1670 | tourismessentials@ywcavan.org

YWCA Tourism Essentials is funded by the government of Canada.