• Tech Connect

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

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
  • Five 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, including YWCA Health+Fitness Center 
  • 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 precariously employed and able to participate in the program
  • Proficient in English (CLB level 6 or higher)

Program structure:

Workshops

  • Group-based employability workshops (resumé, cover letter, portfolio, interviews, networking, hidden job market access and labour market information)
  • Assessments (career, personality, skills, interests and values)
  • Personal development (self-esteem and self-assertion, effective communication, conflict resolution, Canadian workplace culture and coping with change and stress)

Mentorship & Coaching

  • Mentorship from industry professionals
  • One-to-one job search support
  • Weekly guidance, support and encouragement
  • Weekly goal setting and action planning
  • Customized career exploration and planning in the tech sector

Networking Opportunities

  • Networking opportunities with tech professionals and alumni
  • Monthly guest speakers
  • Workplace tours 

Sign up for an information session now.

Program start dates:

  • January 27, 2020
  • March 9, 2020

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