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Uplift Program

YWCA Hamilton Uplift Program

The YWCA Hamilton Uplift Program provides women and non-binary individuals the opportunity to reskill or upskill in advanced manufacturing and specialized technology fields through certification training, and provides additional supports related to career development and navigating non-traditional workplaces.

Programs are delivered online on a part-time basis. Each program has it’s own learning schedule.

Program Background

Since early 2021, nineteen cohorts involving nearly 400 participants have leveraged this opportunity through YWCA partner organizations across Southern and Eastern Ontario. 86% of participants have made a career transition while in the program or shortly after completion.Participants are enrolled in tailored certification programs at accredited Ontario universities and colleges where they gain job-related technical skills and develop professional competencies, leading to a certificate of completion and/or micro-credentials. Skills training is provided alongside wraparound supports and career development. YWCA of Hamilton offers training in the following streams:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Data Science
  • Data Analytics

All training fees for participants are covered by FedDev Ontario. For details of each program stream, please check the respective program tab below.

Industry Partners and Role Models

We would like to build relationships with companies who share our vision of achieving a highly qualified gender-balanced workforce in high-tech industries.

Consider identifying women in your organization who could benefit from reskilling in one of our certification cohorts alternatively to recruit Uplift Program participants to fill positions in your organization upon graduation.

Also, role models can provide a glimpse into the day-to-day experiences of the workplace and perhaps share their personal journey as an inspiration to others.

For details, please review the program tab below.

Uplift Programs

Our training partner, the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) at McMaster University is uniquely positioned to provide quality, industry-informed training in advanced manufacturing. MMRI is focused on finding solutions to the challenges faced by today’s manufacturing industry and optimizing every facet of the machining process.

Your program experience consists of:

  • Micro-credential certificates from McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute
  • A personalized asynchronistic learning package under topics such as: Industry 4.0, Programming in Advanced Manufacturing, Management, Bio-polymer Engineering, others
  • Work-integrated learning experience
  • Ongoing peer support
  • Industry connections
  • Career Development

Micro-credentials require a seven-week commitment each, with an opportunity to achieve up to three.

Careers

Manufacturing technologists and technicians up to Engineering technologists/technicians *
$25 – 52/hour or $50-100k salary

Mechanical/Industrial Engineers *
Up to $110k for non-registered and up to $123k salary for P. Eng

*Other qualifications may apply
Source:
https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/wages-occupation/2757/ON
https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/wages-occupation/22584/ON

Industries

Food/Bev Processing | Aerospace/Defense | Medical Device
Pharmaceutical | Automotive | Plastics | Textile Industry
Robotics | Primary Metals | Robotics/Equipment
Electrical/Electronics | Petroleum/Coal Manufacturing, etc.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Women (cisgender or transgender) or non-binary
  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma or relevant experience
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Ontario resident
  • Canadian Language Benchmark levels 7-8
Steps to Enrolment
  • Complete online application form
  • Attend an Information session/Intake Interview
  • Provide proof of eligibility
  • Upon an offer of acceptance, complete and sign the Participant Agreement containing code of conduct, expectations, confidentiality agreement, and consent to release information
  • Enrolment with training partner is then completed by Program Coordinator

For more information, please contact Kelley Evans at
kevans@ywcahamilton.org   C: (365) 324-3895

Our Data Science Program offers comprehensive certification training in Data Science. Participants in this stream will gain expertise in various areas, such as data analysis, developing algorithms, and solving complex business challenges.

The Data Science stream is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of data science and the pivotal role data scientists play in today’s technology-driven world. Through an engaging and hands-on approach, this stream equips participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the vast realm of data analysis, interpretation, and prediction.

We are proud to offer this program in partnership with the University of Guelph’s Open Learning and Educational Support program led by experienced and professional data science instructors. More information can be found here. Coupled with the support from the YWCA, participants will have access to industry connections and career development, ensuring they have the necessary tools for future success.

Course Topics
  • Discovery Data Science (4 weeks)
  • Introduction to Data Science (8 weeks)
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning (8 weeks)
  • Big Data Analytics (8 weeks)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply appropriate data analytic methods to inform organizational decision-making.
  • Develop skills in data acquisition, processing, and cleaning.
  • Apply statistical methods and predictive modeling to solve real-world problems.
  • Analyze big data using tools like Hadoop, Hive, and Spark.
  • Create compelling data visualizations and communicate findings effectively
Sample job titles in this category include:
  • Data Architect
  • Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Quantitative Analyst

High annual salary $110-116k annually
Median wage $70-80k /annually
Source: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/wages-occupation/227147/ON

Admission Requirements
  • Women (cisgender or transgender) or non-binary
  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma or relevant experience
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Ontario resident
  • Canadian Language Benchmark levels 7-8

To be successful in this program, it is recommended that you have a recent statistics course and basic experience or understanding of ’R’ programming language.

Steps to Enrolment
  • Complete online application form
  • Attend an Information session/Intake Interview
  • Provide proof of eligibility
  • Receive offer of acceptance and complete Participant Agreement containing code of conduct, expectations, consent to release information and confidentiality agreement
  • Enrolment with training partner is completed by Program Coordinator

For more information, please contact Lucy Cherono at lcherono@ywcahamilton.org

Our training partner, McMaster University will provide certification training developed in collaboration with top industry experts, MacDATA Institute and McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. The program schedule includes part-time, asynchronistic as well as synchronistic, online learning.

Program Timelines are October 2023 – June 2024

Gain knowledge and skills using the latest data analytics program and tools, towards a Certificate of Professional Learning, consisting of three online courses:

  • Statistics for Data Analysis (Virtual Classroom 9 weeks) This course introduces descriptive statistics, basic inferential statistics, linear regression, and probability concepts and calculations. Practical application activities in the course focus on how statistical methods are used in the analysis of data. Common statistical and programming tools will be introduced and employed in order to demonstrate how significant and insightful information is collected, used, and applied to problem-solving processes.
  • Working with Databases (Asynchronistic 13 weeks) This course introduces students to database management concepts using a practical approach. The course will begin with an introduction to data modeling and how these models are implemented through the use of Structured Query Language (SQL). The remainder of the course explores how SQL can be used to query and manipulate data.
  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (Virtual Classroom 8 weeks) This course will cover learning to apply data analytics skills to the area of business intelligence (BI). Focus is placed on the components of the business intelligence project lifecycle such as project planning, BI tool selection, data modeling, ETL design, BI application design and deployment and reporting. This course is designed for individuals interested in BI practices and analysis without a detailed focus on statistical analysis and computer programming.

The Uplift Program provides a holistic wraparound support system, ongoing peer support, industry connections and career development.

Careers

  • Data Analyst roles include Data Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, Statistical Analyst, Database Analyst, Data Management, Data Quality Manager/Analyst *
  • Wages: $25 – 59/hour or $52-118k annual salary
  • Outlook in Ontario is rated 4/5
  • Industries: Computer system design services, monetary authorities (banks, securities, etc.), federal government public administration, information, and cultural industries.
  • Gender distribution in this field: 34% women
  • *Other qualifications may apply

Source: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/wages-occupation/17873/ON

Eligibility Requirements

  • Women (cisgender or transgender) or non-binary
  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma and some relevant skills and/or experience
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Canadian Language Benchmark levels 7-8

Steps to enrolment

  • Complete online application form
  • Attend an Information session/Intake Interview
  • Provide proof of eligibility
  • Receive offer of acceptance, complete Participant Agreement containing code of conduct, expectations, consent to release information and confidentiality agreement
  • Enrolment with training partner is completed by Program Coordinator

For more information, please contact Kelley Evans at
kevans@ywcahamilton.org C: 365-324-3823

The YWCA Hamilton Uplift takes pride in its comprehensive career support program, which goes above and beyond to assist our participants in their professional journeys. We have forged strong alliances with industry partners and employers who play a pivotal role in enhancing the program’s effectiveness. These invaluable employer relationships enable us to provide participants with firsthand knowledge of the current job market, industry trends, and skills in high demand. Through their collaboration, we are able to offer a diverse range of resources and real-world insights that significantly enrich participants’ career perspectives and broaden their horizons regarding future possibilities.

The Partnership Commitment

Interested industry professionals will join our list of employers to be contacted as needed to virtually present various themed sessions to our participants ranging from a career journey conversation to a subject-specific workshop. Time commitment will vary but will be no more than 2 hours per month. It is important to emphasize that all contributions of time from partners are entirely voluntary. We deeply appreciate the willingness of industry partners and employers to share their expertise and resources with our program participants. Your valuable input and engagement play a vital role in shaping the future of aspiring professionals and promoting inclusive practices within the workforce.

How to Get Involved
  • Consider identifying women in your organization who could benefit from reskilling in one of our certification cohorts.
  • Connecting us with potential guest speakers from your organization to take part in our career support program.
  • Opportunities for your organization to recruit Uplift Program participants to fill positions in your organization upon graduation.

For more information please email Fiona Hodgetts, Job Developer/Industry Coordinator at fhodgetts@ywcahamilton.org
If you are ready to become an Industry Partner, please click on the registration button below.

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