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Uplift Program

YWCA Hamilton Uplift Program 

The YWCA Hamilton Uplift Program provides women and non-binary people with the opportunity to reskill or upskill in advanced manufacturing or data science through certification training and additional supports related to navigating non-traditional workplaces and job development. All training expenses are covered by FedDev Ontario, and paid by YWCA Hamilton.

During and after certification, YWCA Hamilton provides wraparound services to support participants, mentorship and job development supports.

Program Background

  • In December 2020, YWCA Hamilton received a $6.4 million grant from FedDev Ontario to launch a reskilling program for women and non-binary people in Hamilton and across Southern and Eastern Ontario. This funding runs through to March 2023.
  • Through our YWCA partners across Southern and Eastern Ontario, 7 cohorts have begun certification training in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, data analytics, data science, and Lean Six Sigma.

How it Works

  • 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.
  • During and after certification, YWCA Hamilton provides wraparound services to support participants through training, career development, and meeting mentors to develop their professional networks.
  • Certification programs are designed to be part-time and may include a mix of live meetings, pre-recorded lectures, videos, and text posts.

What certification trainings will be offered?

The YWCA Hamilton Uplift Program offers certification trainings in advanced manufacturing and data science. Training fees for participants are covered by FedDev Ontario.

For more information, please contact:
Shannon Cummings
Senior Manager
Centre of Innovation
Email: scummings@ywcahamilton.org.

Current Uplift Programs

Participants in the Advanced Manufacturing stream complete a set of three micro-credentials through McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), and a leadership communication course through Brescia University College. During and after certification, YWCA Hamilton provides ongoing wraparound services to support participants, including mentorship.

The next Advanced Manufacturing cohort begins Spring 2022.

Some of the learning opportunities for participants involve predictive maintenance, continuous improvement or specialized problem-solving, such as microscopy-failure analysis, Tribology, or Finite Element modeling, Lean analysis, SQL data models, and Machining Learning algorithms.

Careers Opportunities in Ontario

Advanced manufacturing is the implementation of new technologies for product and process improvement to ensure business success and competitiveness. The world is about to embark on a cleantech revolution, as countries race to hit net-zero emissions, creating a need to redesign manufacturing in many of Ontario’s 21 industry sectors.

In Ontario, all positions show a growth rate of 10%. Average earnings for manufacturing technologists and technicians is $62k annually; aircraft assemblers and inspectors average $67k; central control and process operators average $87k; electrical/electronics engineers average $98k.*
*source: https://www.services.labour.gov.on.ca/labourmarket/search.xhtml

Participant Requirements

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

Program Details

Training is anticipated to run for 36 weeks, from March to December 2022. A blend of asynchronistic technical learning modules and synchronistic (virtual) leadership skill building content to help you build personal capacity to effect change in a male dominated environment.

  • McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) at McMaster University is uniquely positioned to provide quality, industry-informed training in the area of advanced manufacturing. Intended for individuals with prior relevant post-secondary education and/or industry experience, the goal is to equip you with enhanced skills to achieve advanced positions, job security and higher salary.
  • Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university, is committed to educating women to lead with wisdom, justice and compassion. Participants will engage in a one-of-a kind leadership empowerment program introducing skills for effecting change in a male-dominated field.

To learn more or get involved, contact Kelley Evans at
kevans@ywcahamilton.org.

The YWCA Hamilton Reskilling Program provides participants the opportunity to reskill or upskill in the advanced manufacturing and specialized technology fields through certification training and additional supports related to navigating non-traditional workplaces and job development.

Participants in the Data Science stream complete a certification training in Data Science through the University of Guelph and an interpersonal skills course through Brescia University College. During and after certification, YWCA Hamilton provides wraparound services to support participants, including mentorship and job development supports.

Careers Opportunities in Ontario

  • Data scientists utilize their analytical and programming skills to collect, interpret, and analyze very large data sets in order to develop solutions to difficult business challenges.
  • Data scientists in Canada typically earn between $54,000 and $113,000 annually, with an average salary of $78,895.
  • Key job sectors where data scientists are employed: financial services, insurance industry, government, advanced manufacturing industries, and technology and social media firms.

Participant Requirements

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

Program Details

Beginning Spring 2022 and spanning 9 months, participants will take part in two concurrent online, asynchronous, part time training courses paid for by YWCA Hamilton. During and after training, participants can take part in wraparound services provided by YWCA Hamilton.

1. Data Science Certificate program at University of Guelph

• Participants will learn how to use data analytics, predictive analytics and big data tools to understand the basic technical
concepts and challenges of Big Data.

• More program information can be found here.

2. Brescia University College course to support interpersonal skill development

• Course focuses on seven key competencies: communication, critical thinking, inquiry and analysis, problem solving, self-
awareness and development, social awareness and engagement, valuing

3. Through wraparound services, YWCA Hamilton will support participants in finding better job opportunities and preparing job application skills. Participants will also get the opportunity to connect with industry professionals in small-group and individual mentor sessions.

To learn more or get involved, contact Carmencita Robles-Messam at cmessam@ywcahamilton.org.

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