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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.

Please note: We continue to recruit program participants and run the program as scheduled, however, all our workshops and information sessions have temporarily moved online. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our program participants and staff; we will resume our in-class workshops once it's safe to do so. 


  • 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 9, 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.