YWCA Help for Job Seekers
Programs & Services

Services for Job Seekers and Employers

Our employment services help you gain the skills, confidence and experience to find a job or move to further training.

We work with all job seekers, from those looking to upgrade their skills to be competitive in the job market, to those looking for a new career.  

FIND THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOU

YWCA FOCUS@Work  

Helps women assess their skills and strengths, set career goals and develop job search skills to get meaningful employment. This free 12-week program includes three weeks of workshops and nine weeks of coaching and job search support.

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YWCA Level up

A 12-week trades career exploration program that addresses women's unique challenges entering and working in the trades environment.

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YWCA Survive to Thrive 

A specialized employment and skills training program for those who have experienced violence and/or abuse. This free 12-week program empowers survivors through employment and skills enhancement. 

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YWCA Restart

A specialized employment program for women involved with the justice system, offered in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society. 

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YWCA Aspire 

Provides newcomer and refugee women with job search skills and work experience. This free program includes six weeks of training, 12 weeks of paid work placement and three weeks of follow-up support. 

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YWCA Axis

A one-to-one employment program for immigrant women who have experienced domestic violence. This 12-week, trauma-informed program helps participants develop an employment or training plan to achieve sustainable employment or further education.

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YWCA Elevate Skills 

Assists immigrant women in navigating the Canadian labour market and securing meaningful careers. This free program includes three weeks of online workshops and up to 13 weeks of follow-up support.

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YWCA Tech Connect 

Supports internationally-trained newcomer women with experience in IT to secure careers in BC's booming tech industry. This free program includes three weeks of employment workshops, five weeks of mentorship and employment coaching and follow-up support. 

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YWCA Accelerate 

A free online program that supports youth ages 15 - 30 to find meaningful work in administration and customer service. Participants are paid for training and practicum hours. 

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YWCA Gear Up 

A bike mechanic training program for youth 15 - 30 years old. This free 13-week program equips youth with the skills, certification and employer connections needed to secure a career as a bike mechanic. 

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YWCA Launch2Success

A program for young entrepreneurs aged 15 to 29 looking to launch their own start-ups. This 16-week program connects participants with advisors, mentors and business networks to successfully develop and grow their business ideas. 

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YWCA Strive 

A holistic program to support youth ages 17 - 24 who are transitioning or have transitioned out of foster care. Participants are paid to attend life-skills and employability workshops and to obtain qualifications that will help them pursue a career or further education.

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Job Futures 55+ 

Prepares job seekers who are 55+ years to achieve sustainable employment through skills training and employment supports. This free 10-week program includes group-based workshops, one-to-one support and individualized training plans.  

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YWCA Employment Navigator 

One-to-one, personalized support to help single mothers access information, resources and programs in employment and education.

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YWCA TechLink 

A program for EI-eligible internationally-trained professionals or Canadians with limited work experience. This free program provides an opportunity to gain local, tech-related work experience by providing community members with IT support and technical assistance. 

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YWCA Tech Connect 

Supports internationally-trained newcomer women with experience in IT to secure careers in BC's booming tech industry. This free program includes three weeks of employment workshops, five weeks of mentorship and employment coaching and follow-up support. 

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YWCA Axis

A one-to-one employment program for immigrant women who have experienced domestic violence. This 12-week, trauma-informed program helps participants develop an employment or training plan to achieve sustainable employment or further education.

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YWCA Survive to Thrive 

A specialized employment and skills training program for those who have experienced violence and/or abuse. This free 12-week program empowers survivors through employment and skills enhancement. 

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WorkBC LEADS 

An employment service for survivors of trauma, delivered by WorkBC Centres across Metro Vancouver. This free program uses a trauma-informed, resilience-based approach that prepares participants for the workforce by offering them a safe environment to explore how to move forward in life.  

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YWCA Mindset

A specialized employment program for job seekers who are seeking support with stress management, anxiety and/or depression.  

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WorkBC Centres

WorkBC services help participants gain skills, confidence and experience to find a job or move on to further training.

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In Motion & Momentum+

A new program that helps participants tap into their full potential and create the life they want to live, through goal setting and action planning.

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YWCA Help for Employers

Are you hiring?

Our WorkBC Centres can support your business succeed by providing suitable candidates, increasing your workplace diversity and reducing the costs of hiring and onboarding new employees.

TechLink support

Need IT support?

YWCA TechLink offers free, friendly tech support over the phone and virtually for anyone in Metro Vancouver.