YWCA Discover is a free 46-week PBLMT Training Program for self-identified women, delivered by YWCA Metro Vancouver, Sprott Shaw College and WorkBC Centres. It will provide participants with the skills and competencies they need for a career as an ECE, in line with industry standards.

  • Develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of certified courses in order to develop and lead daily age-appropriate activities for children aimed to help promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development
  • Learn to observe children and communicate professionally, when appropriate, children’s progress and/or needs with parents, other staff members and individuals involved with the child’s development
  • Upon graduation, be eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Education Basic license from the Ministry for Children and Family Development
  • Be provided a practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field

This training is provided in partnership with Sprott Shaw College, which is a member of Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC).

  • 19+ self-identifying woman and an immigrant
  • Currently on EI OR had an EI claim in the last five years OR earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least five of the last 10 years OR A British Columbia Employment and Assistance Client (BCEA)
  • Currently a resident of BC, possesses either a permanent residency, Canadian Citizenship or refugee with a protected person status
  • Must have a clear Criminal Record Check 
  • May be eligible to receive up to $638 weekly in living supports

Further criteria apply. Please note that all applications must come through a WorkBC centre.


Training will be provided at both the Sprott Shaw New Westminster Campus and YWCA Program Centre in Downtown Vancouver. 


The  next cohort start date (for Victoria only) is September 5th, 2023. For further inquiries, please e-mail discover@ywcavan.org.


YWCA Discover
604 209 5221 | discover@ywcavan.org

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