• Tech Connect

YWCA Tech Connect is a FREE 10-week program that supports newcomer women with experience in IT to secure rewarding careers in the tech industry.

COVID-19 Update: All our workshops and info 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. 

Program Highlights:

  • No fee to participate
  • A confidence-building, supportive environment
  • Learn how to navigate the Canadian workplace culture and minimize the challenges faced by newcomers
  • Three weeks of employment-related workshops focused on the innovative tech industry
  • Five weeks of mentorship and employment coaching
  • Access to tech networking events and guest speakers 
  • Up to six months of follow up support
  • Access to additional YWCA services
  • Financial assistance for transit and childcare based on eligibility

Participants must be:

  • Immigrant or refugee women with background and experience in Information Technology (IT)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada: permanent residents, confirmed refugee status, or live-in caregivers
  • Unemployed or underemployed and able to participate in the program
  • Proficient in English (CLB level 6 or higher)

Program start dates:

  • July 20, 2020

Do you work in BC's tech industry? Learn how you can support Tech Connect by becoming a mentor.


YWCA Tech Connect

200 - 720 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
604 216 1670 | techconnect@ywcavan.org