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Skills Development and Training

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.

In-person Employment and Training Services are currently unavailable at 75 MacNab Street South and we have moved all of our employment and training programs online.  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. and we continue to offer both one-to-one and group supports.

To help women entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses during these challenging times, we have expanded out Women’s Enterprise Centre service offerings to now include preparing businesses to operate in our new and expanding digital world.

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.

Discover our Skills Development and Training Programs

  • Women's Enterprise Center

    YWCA Hamilton Women’s Enterprise Centre supports new and existing businesses with coaching, business plan training, mentoring and digital training.

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  • Join Program

    From employment counselling and job search support to networking and accessing safe spaces, Join supports newcomer settlement in Hamilton.

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  • Uplift Program

    Reskill or upskill in advanced manufacturing, data science and specialized technology fields through certification training.

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  • Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    No-cost programs that provide participants with technical training and job coaching to start their career in the skilled trades.

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  • Strategic Training and Employment Program (STEP)

    A training program for women and non-binary youth aged 15-30 years old with up to 14 weeks paid job placement.

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  • The Opportunities Program

    A training program that supports persons with self-disclosed disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining employment.

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  • Advancing Women in Skilled Trades

    YWCA Hamilton has been at the forefront of promoting the diversification of the workforce by training women in non-traditional fields and skilled trades.

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  • Equitable Pathway for Young Women

    This project was designed to review best practices to develop a comprehensive strategy to create an equitable pathway for young women from Grade 9 – 12.

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