Mainland/Southwest

Gateway

The Gateway program focuses on people in rural and remote communities. It provides short-term occupational certification training, Indigenous cultural components and work experience (with possible wage subsidies) in the participant’s community.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Room and board
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Langley

Contact:

Canadian Vocational Training Centre, email or 250-596-1575

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ACES - Survivors Employment Training

The ACES program provides incarcerated women about to re-enter society with certification training, Indigenous cultural supports, and work experience (with possible wage subsidies) in the hospitality, construction and retail industries. Training begins within the correctional facility prior to release.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Work gear
  • Food

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District
  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Abbotsford
  • Maple Ridge
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver

Contact:

John Howard Society of BC, email or 604-785-1260

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Business Certificate Program, Employment and Supports Program

In this program, participants can earn their Business Skills Certificate, alongside completing their Adult Dogwood Diploma. Courses on parenting and personal development, Indigenous cultural components, work experience, and job placement are also included.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Chilliwack

Contact:

Chilliwack Community Services, email or 250-491-4287

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Hope, Empowerment, Adaptability and Learning (HEAL) for Work

The H.E.A.L. for Work program is tailored for racialized women that are new to Canada and offers wrap around services such as trauma counselling and community and language supports, along with short-term certificate training, work experience and occupational skills training. The program supports participants to grow their career adaptability and engage in Hope, Empowerment, Adaptability and Learning towards suitable employment for jobs that are in demand or further substantive education towards a sustainable career path. 


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation 
  • Lodging

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey

Contact:

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, email or 604-547-1274 

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Employment Readiness Program for Survivors of Violence and/or Abuse (EmPOW3r)

The EMPOW3R is a group-based program providing pre-employment skills training to support individuals with career planning, job search and employability skills needed to attain sustainable employment. Occupation-based training such as courses in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) are delivered in partnership with training institutions.   
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Refreshments
  • Personal grooming

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Vancouver

Contact:

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, email or 604-254-5401 (249)

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Empowered for Employment – Skills for Today’s Workplace

Skills for Today’s Workplace program provides life skills, career planning, job search skills, skills training, practicum and job development to survivors of violence and/or abuse wanting to make positive changes in their life.  Participants in this program are supported through one-on-one and cohort services to find sustainable employment.
 

Financial supports may include: 

  • Child care
  • Transportation 
  • Food

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey

Contact:

Sources Community Resources Societyemail or 604-262-4858

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Skills for Wellness and Work for Survivors of Violence and/or Abuse

This program includes computer skills training and short-term certification. Participants receive support from the internal Occupational and Clinical Therapist, Job Developer and Peer Support Worker.


Financial supports may include:

  • Refreshments
  • Disability supports
  • Work gear 
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Vancouver

Contact:

Gastown Vocational Services or 604-675-2535

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YWCA Survive to Thrive Employment Program

YWCA Survive to Thrive is a FREE 12-week program that offers specialised employment and skills training services for survivors of violence and/or abuse.  A program that assists participants to prepare for employment and further education in order to thrive in community, work and life.


Financial supports may include: 

  • Child care top-up
  • Transportation
  • Transitional housing
  • Food
  • Work clothing

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Coquitlam
  • Burnaby

Contact:

YWCA Metro Vancouver, email or 604-936-5694

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