Give Back, Work Tech

This program helps immigrants and refugees get tech jobs, while giving back to their communities at the same time.

Get back Tapping into the growing need for qualified job seekers to fill jobs in the tech sector, WorkBC is funding a project that provides work experience and skills training for 22 immigrants preparing them for employment in the IT industry while giving back to their communities.

Tapping into the growing need for qualified job seekers to fill jobs in the tech sector, WorkBC is funding a project that provides work experience and skills training for 22 immigrants preparing them for employment in the IT industry while giving back to their communities.

The YWCA TechLink program received $312,000 to deliver the program in partnership with local businesses in Vancouver.

The participants will gain work experience and training in:

  • IT helpdesk support
  • Customer services
  • Communication skills
  • Creating and hosting online workshops

The goal is to set them up for success for long-term sustainable careers in the growing tech sector. In turn, they will help vulnerable members of the community:

  • Access free technical support and webinars to increase digital literacy
  • Reduce isolation and build community connections
  • Connect to government services, healthcare providers, family, and other community support service

Training began in summer 2022 and ends in June 2023. This is the third YWCA TechLink funded through Community and Employer Partnerships Job Creation Partnership funding. TechLink is helping about 60 immigrants find their place in the tech sector.

  • Did you know? B.C.’s technology sector is a key growth sector offering 140,000 job openings between now and 2031. That represents about 14% of total job openings over the next 10 years.
  • If you want to gain skills and experience on projects like this, contact your nearby WorkBC Centre today. Let them know you want to participate in a Community and Employer Partnerships project.
  • How to access funding for projects like TechLink? The Community and Employer Partnerships program provides funds to increase employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians and address local labour market issues. Funding is prioritized for projects that create work experience and training opportunities for occupations in demand.