These FREE employment programs offer valuable career training for newcomer and refugee women in Metro Vancouver

posted on December 18, 2019

By Vancouver is Awsome |

For those who are new to Canada, making the first steps into employment may seem like a daunting task. It’s not only about finding work, it’s also about finding a career that is a good match to their skills, experience and expectations.

Language barriers, lack of a professional network or Canadian experience make it indisputably more challenging for newcomer and refugee women to find jobs, let alone careers with meaning. The good news is that it’s possible and gets easier with the right assistance and advice.

YWCA Metro Vancouver has launched three new employment programs aimed at helping immigrant and refugee women who are looking for work to overcome their unique obstacles. You can check out each program below and visit for more info.

YWCA Elevate Skills

An employment program that assists immigrant women in navigating the Canadian labour market and securing meaningful careers

Elevate Skills is the ideal program for newcomer women who are either looking for their first job in Canada or who have been working in jobs that are not related to their experiences and backgrounds and want to transition back to their careers or to a different field. Participants attend three weeks of employment workshops that include Essential Skills Portfolio building and essential skills training if necessary. After the workshops, participants receive up to 13 weeks of job search support that includes group goal-setting meetings and one-to-one career advising. This is one of the only part-time employment programs in the Lower Mainland that accepts women who are employed or unemployed and who wish to stay in their careers or pursue different careers.

The classes are held at the WorkBC Centre in Port Coquitlam and begin November 25, 2019. For more information about this program, contact: 778 222 2352 |

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