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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.

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.

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

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.

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university will provide an 8 week workshop focusing on competencies such as: social awareness, communication, diversity, inquiry and analysis, problem-solving, and valuing.

University of Guelph’s Open Learning and Educational Support  is known for its data science certificate program led by experienced and professional data science instructors.  Your undergraduate or college diploma, basic experience of a programming language, and statistical knowledge will provide you with a solid understanding of data science and prepare you in using 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.

Wrap Around Services by the Uplift team will support participants in resume and interview preparation.  Participants will also have opportunities to connect with industry professionals in group and individual mentor sessions.

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

YWCA Hamilton, Centre for Innovation, offers women and non-binary individuals the opportunity to reskill or upskill in digital technology and advanced manufacturing. Funded by Fed Dev Ontario, the program began in March 2021 and runs until March 2023, with plans underway to continue the program. The mentoring relationship makes an important contribution to the program, enriching participants’ perspectives of future possibilities

The Mentorship Commitment

Interested industry professionals will join our list of mentors to be contacted as needed to help support our program participants as they transition into a new career. Time commitment will vary but will be no more than a few hours per month. We are looking for mentors interested in getting involved in any of the following ways:

  • A session with a small group of our participants, where mentors will have the opportunity to share information about their career path, talk about what a workday looks like, and give tips for professionals entering the field
  • Subject-specific workshops led by mentors
  • One-on-one mentorship relationships, where our participants can learn from mentors currently working in the field

For more information or if you are interested in getting involved, please email Fiona Hodgetts, Job Developer/Mentor Coordinator at fhodgetts@ywcahamilton.org

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Training Partners:

McMaster University
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Guelph University
Brescia

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