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Employment

We are breaking down barriers.

For every dollar a man earns, a woman earns 75 cents. If she’s a woman of colour, she will earn 60 cents.

With the support of our stakeholders and community, we’re breaking down barriers to achieve women’s economic equality. We are dedicated to helping limited income, marginalized groups and individuals overcome barriers to employment.

PROGRAM UPDATE DURING COVID-19: In-person Employment and Training Services are currently unavailable at 75 MacNab Street South.  Staff are working remotely and are in touch with clients via telephone and webinars.  Our hours remain the same, Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  If you are unsure of what support you need, contact the Manager, Deborah at 905-719-1474 and she will help to direct your call.

Women’s Enterprise Centre – Support for New and Existing Women Led Businesses

YWCA Hamilton is now welcoming Participants and Employers to The Opportunities Program (T.O.P). This program assists persons with self-disclosed disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. It focuses on the needs of each person and seeks to develop skills to improve their employability through one-on-one and group coaching at YWCA Hamilton and work placement through workplace experience.

T.O.P. provides up to 10 weeks of one-on-one and group support for individuals who self-identify with a disability that restricts their ability to find and maintain employment.

A 14 week supported paid work experience placement is available for participants who are seeking full-time, long-term employment.

To be eligible for the program, you must be:

  • A person with a self-disclosed disability
  • Not eligible for EI benefits or related services / programs
  • Legally entitled to work in Ontario; A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to apply

Become a T.O.P. Employer:

  • Receive compensation for providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities.
  • Develop inclusive recruitment strategies to reduce turnover and build employee satisfaction.
  • Build a corporate culture; by building a business that is accessible and inclusive.
  • Work Assessments tailored to business needs.

T.O.P. Employees are trained in job-specific skills that can be tailored to employer requirements.

  • Soft skills include: Communication, Time Management, and Self-Esteem
  • Job-specific requirements include: Health & Safety, W.H.M.I.S., A.O.D.A.,  First Aid/CPR and  Financial Literacy
  • Smart Serve and Safe Food Handling

PROGRAM UPDATE DURING COVID-19: Staff are connecting with clients and employers via telephone, Zoom, email and Facebook.  Anyone interested in joining the program can email:

Anjum Chauhan, Employment Counsellor/ Job Developer, achauhan@ywcahamilton.org
Evelyn Zaya, Employment Counsellor/Job Developer,  ezaya@ywcahamilton.org

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you want to work toward a secure career in a promising industry?

Find your future in the skilled trades! YWCA Hamilton is pleased to offer a Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Women in Trades!

We are offering the following programs out of Hamilton and Niagara:

·         General Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship Program in affiliation with Niagara College
·         General Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship Program in affiliation with Mohawk College
·         Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program in affiliation with Mohawk College

These Pre-Apprenticeship Programs are offered at no-cost, and provide participants with technical training and job coaching to start their career in the skilled trades.

What do Machinists do? General Machinists produce parts by interpreting drawings, selecting the most appropriate raw materials and performing calculations. They use a variety of machines and tools to cut shapes. They finish metal to make precision machined parts and components used in all areas of manufacturing.

General Machinists are also responsible for setting up and operating both conventional and numerically controlled metal-cutting machines and equipment, including saws, drills, grinders, lathes and mills.

What do Electricians do? Electricians install, maintain, and repairs electrical systems and products used in residential homes, businesses, and factories.

Electricians work inside or outside buildings to ensure lights, industrial equipment, and appliances operate safely and reliably.

Successful participants will receive:

·         Job readiness training
·         Up to 16-weeks at Mohawk or Niagara College
·         8-week placement

Entry requirements for the program are that individuals must be:

1.      Female or non-binary, aged 18 years or older
2.      Canadian citizen or permanent resident (must be legally able to work in Canada)
3.      Must have proof of Grade 12 or equivalent
4.      Must be available full time for the entirety of the program

To apply please contact:

Kelley Evans, Program Coordinator at kevans@ywcahamilton.org or 905-452-4802

This is a program for young women and non-binary youth aged 15-30 years old

Up to 6 weeks of 1:1 job preparation support and certifications including: Life Skills, Employability Skills, First Aid/CPR, Health and Safety and Smart Serve and Safe Food Handling as appropriate.

Up to 14 weeks paid job placement

Additional support for retaining employment and Occupational Therapy support as required

For more information: contact Deborah Schwientek, Manager, Employment and Training, 905-719-1474 or email dschwientek@ywcahamilton.org

YWCA’s Immigration & Settlement Program

YWCA’s Immigration & Settlement Program is designed for newcomer women, youth and 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to address specific needs and offers information and skills that support their successful integration into the local Hamilton community.

We are offering the following services as part of our Immigration & Settlement Program:

•  Newcomer Employment Services
•  Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence Counselling
•  2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer Support Program
•  Newcomer Mothers Support Program
•  Newcomer Workshops and Networking

Support Services Available to Participants:

•  Care for Newcomer Children
•  Transportation
•  Translation
•  Interpretation

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for YWCA’s Immigration & Settlement Program:

1. You must identify as a woman, 2SLGBTQIA+ or non-binary.
2. You must be selected by IRCC as a Permanent Resident, Protected Person/Convention Refugee or a Live-in Caregiver: Temporary Foreign Worker with an approved work permit.

How to register:

To register, click the following link to complete our online application:

Online Application

For more information, please contact:

Monika Devic, Intake Worker-IRCC at mdevic@ywcahamilton.org
Tehreem Zafar, Manager, Immigrant and Settlement Services at TZafar@ywcahamilton.org

Our staff can speak the following languages:
English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian

This program is funded federally by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

NEWCOMER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

New to Canada? We can help you look for a job! 

We recognize that newcomer women and youth face additional barriers in finding employment and re-establishing their careers when they settle in Canada. Our FREE employment and training programs will support newcomer women and youth to become independent and effective in their employment journey by gaining the skills, confidence and experience they need to find a job or move on to further training. Through the combinations of one-on-one counselling, group workshops, employer connections, job fairs and networking opportunities, newcomer women and youth gain enhanced employment-related skills and access to the Canadian labour market.

The following services are being offered as part of the YWCA’s Immigration and Settlement Program:

•  Individual Counselling Services for Women and Youth
•  Women Employment Workshops
•  Youth Employment and Life Skill Workshops
•  Job Fairs

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAM

•  A welcoming and safe environment for newcomer women and youth with enhanced support to overcome barriers and equipping them with the right tools required for the job market
•  Job search workshops customized for the needs of newcomer women and youth who are unemployed or underemployed
•  Morning, afternoon and evening workshops available
•  Multilingual women-identifying employment counsellors available to provide services in different languages
•  Employment counselling provided to assist women and youth new to Canada in gaining valuable work experience with inclusive employers
•  Networking opportunities through need-based referrals facilitated by employment counsellors to other community services and programs
•  Employer awareness workshops to making the workplaces more inclusive for newcomer women and youth
• Job fairs to provide valuable connections and job opportunities in a supportive environment

Incoming Information Sessions

Need more information?  Register in one of the following information sessions:

Newcomer Youth Information Session – November 2, 2020 at 1pm
Newcomer Women Information Session – November 3, 2020 at 1pm

Eligibility Criteria:

1. You must identify as a woman, Trans women, non-binary or 2SLGBTQIA+ youth
2. You must be selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a Permanent Resident, Protected Person/Convention Refugee or a Live-in Caregiver: Temporary Foreign Worker with an approved work permit.

How to register:

To register, click the following link to complete our online application:

Online Application

To register for an information session, please contact:

Neekee Virani
Newcomer Employment Counselor/Job Developer
Email: nvirani@ ywcahamilton.org
T (365) 324-0252

Monika Devic
Newcomer Employment Counselor/Job Developer
Email: mdevic@ ywcahamilton.org
T (365) 324-0253

Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian

PROGRAM UPDATE DURING COVID-19:
There are no in-person workshops at this time. Workshops are being held through Zoom and clients are being contacted over the phone.

This program is funded federally by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE PROGRAM

Settling in a new country is hard! We at the YWCA acknowledge this and want to help in any way we can.

The Violence Against Women & Gender-Based Violence Program is designed to help newcomer, immigrant, and refugee women address their unique needs through community resources and referrals, short term sessional counseling and workshops. We focus on experiences of violence or abuse, before and after moving to Canada, and how this has impacted the ability to successfully and safely integrate and settle into Canada. Our FREE counseling will support newcomer, refugee and immigrant women in developing safety, independence, information, and strong community connection through addressing the collective and unique experiences and issues of immigrant and newcomer women in a way that it culturally specific, accessible, activity based, and educational.

The following services are being offered as a part of the YWCA’s Immigration and Settlement Program:

•  One-on-one VAW & GBV Counseling Services for Women
•  Group Educational and Information, Community Building, and Arts-Based Workshops
• Facilitated Workshops with Partnered Professionals
•  Needs Assessments and Referrals
•  Interpreted/Translated Sessions with Child-care options

Program Highlights:

•  A warm and welcoming space for newcomer, refugee and immigrant women with a counseling approach that takes into account the multiple identities of newcomer women
•  Models for assessments, safety and goal planning that reflect the unique experiences of newcomer, immigrant, and refugee women, pre and post migration
•  Specialized and tailored counselling sessions that address that build customized resources and referrals
•  Over the phone and virtual one on one sessions and workshops
•  Fun and innovative workshops that help women build community connections, address much-needed concerns, and gain helpful information and education gain
•  Workshops that also provide unique opportunities to be connected to other influential professionals in the city of Hamilton with a focus on safety and culture

Incoming Information Sessions:

Need more information? Register for one of the following Information Sessions:

Tuesday August 25th, 2020 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday August 27th, 2020 at 11am-12pm
Monday August 31st , 2020 at 1pm-2pm
Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 at 11am-12pm

Eligibility Criteria:

1. You must identify as a woman, Trans woman or non-binary
2. You must be selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a Permanent Resident, Protected Person/Convention Refugee or a Live-in Caregiver: Temporary Foreign Worker with an approved work permit.

How to register:

To register, click the following link to complete our online application:

Online Application

To register for an Information Session, please contact:

Renee Hall, Violence Against Women & Gender-Based Violence Counselor at rhall@ywcahamilton.org
Amy Deschamps, Violence Against Women & Gender-Based Violence Program Manager at adeschamps@ywcahamilton.org

This program is funded federally by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

NEWCOMER WOMEN’S WORKSHOPS AND NETWORKING

New to Canada? We can help you settle into your new home and make meaningful connections! 

Newcomer women, trans-women and non-binary folks often face additional barriers settling into their new community and making lasting friendships when they arrive into Canada. Our FREE workshops and networking program will serve to connect newcomer folks to local services and resources, provide meaningful networking opportunities and make cross-cultural connections with local Indigenous peoples.

The following services are being offered as part of the YWCA’s Newcomer Workshops and Networking Program.  We are pleased to offer:

•  Workshops and events including: information sessions related to health, education, housing and cross-cultural connection networking.
•  Field trips to local resources such as Community Health Services, parenting supports, local banks, libraries and more.
•  Virtual programs to support your mental and physical health while reducing isolation.
•  Welcoming and safe environment for newcomers with enhanced supports to overcome barriers and equipping them with the right tools for successful and happy integration into their new country.
•  Child care, transportation and translators available to those who need it!

How to register:

To register, click the following link to complete our online application:

Online Application

Need more information? Need to know if you qualify? Please contact:

Desiree Lethbridge, Community Coordinator at Dlethbridge@ywcahamilton.org, 905-522-9922

This program is funded federally by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

2SLGBTQIA+  NEWCOMER YOUTH COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM

The 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer Youth Community Support program is a new, unique program in Hamilton creating community spaces and connections for 2SLGBTQIA+ migrants to connect with their peers in a safer, supportive environment. 

This program is designed to recognize the unique intersection of being both 2SLGBTQIA+ and a newcomer, and the resulting barriers in creating and accessing community spaces that affirm both one’s 2SLGBTQIA+ identity and cultural identity.   The program leverages the YWCA Hamilton’s strong foundation in serving newcomers with Speqtrum’s expertise in developing spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.

Program offerings: 

•  Weekly social programs
•  Monthly arts, educational, or community building workshops
•  Intergenerational Kitchen events
•  Volunteer opportunities
•  One-on-one sessions
•  Advocacy support

Program Highlights:

•  The first dedicated program for 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomers in Hamilton
•  This program was developed after speqtrum identified a significant need for tailored support for 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomers
•  Newcomers, arriving in Canada, a country known to be welcoming and “safe” for 2SLGBTQIA+, would come to Hamilton and be unable to find any 2SLGBTQIA+ community, let alone one that would be culturally responsive to their needs •  The Intergenerational Kitchen can connect isolated 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer youth to mentors within their community, and preserve cultural connection and affirmation for these youth. 
•  Participants will share recipes from home, building community while creating a meal. Based on the wildly successful 2SLGBTQ+ Intergenerational Kitchen program, a collaboration between Speqtrum and Compass Community Health Centre.
•  The 2SLGBTQ+ Newcomer Youth Support worker will support clients in advocating for their needs with other settlement organizations, and promote 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion in newcomer and cultural spaces, and promote accessibility and inclusion of newcomers and their cultural needs in 2SLGBTQIA+ spaces

Eligibility:

Participants will identify as LGBTI+ (2SLGBTQIA+) or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. Allies are welcome.
You must be selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a Permanent Resident, Protected Person/Convention Refugee or a Live-in Caregiver: Temporary Foreign Worker with an approved work permit. 

How to register:

To register, click the following link to complete our online application:

Online Application

Program Details:
 

This program will be running virtually for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.  

For more information, please contact: Jyssika at jyssika@speqtrum.ca

This program is funded federally by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The YWCA Resource Centre offers a variety of training sessions and opportunities for upgrading skills in the following areas:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Smart Serve
  • Safe Food Handlers
  • MS Office Training
  • Résumé Writing and Interview Preparation
  • Career Cruising
  • Job Search Workshops

Services include:

  • Access to Fax, Phone, Printer
  • Job Search information and resources
  • Job Leads and Business Directories
  • Individual assistance for résumé writing and interview coaching

For information and registration, contact 905-522-9922 ext. 144

Advancing Women in Skilled Trades

Why include women in the skilled trades workforce?

Well, there is a skills shortage. 

By 2020, the federal government has stated that 319,000 new jobs will be required in the construction sector alone. This shows the need for more skilled workers, and women will help to fill the need.

It’s Good for the Bottom Line

Diversity in the workplace brings together a variety of skills, experience, and expertise to benefit a company. It is important for all levels of an organization to prepare for, understand, and accept change in order to reap the benefits of diversity, and to create a healthy and productive workplace culture.

Having an even gender ratio could increase revenue by roughly 41 percent.

YWCA Hamilton has been at the forefront of promoting not only the increase of diversifying the workforce by training more women in skilled trades, but by educating girls on the benefits of working in skilled trades through our Equitable Pathways Program in partnership with both the HWDSB and HWCDSB. And we’re working to educate employers on how to shift workplace culture to be more inclusive of women. Read more about how to include women and girls in skilled trades by visiting our Advancing Women in Skilled Trades website.

This project will address barriers in the secondary school systems in Hamilton to the representation of women in the trades and technology sectors. In collaboration with the local school boards, project staff will:

  • Conduct a gender based analysis of current practices and curricula to identify best practices for engaging young women in technical fields and skilled trades.
  • Develop an Implementation Plan and formal strategy focusing on engaging young women, educators and parents to address identified issues through the implementation of curricula changes and the development of teaching tools.
  • Utilize the strategy developed to guide an on-going review and assessment of the project.

For more information contact:

905-522-9922 ext. 144 

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