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The Women's Entreprenuership Program was created due to the generosity of the Allen and Milli Gould Family Foundation. To learn more about Milli's gift, read this article from the Hamilton Spectator. This Women's Entrepreneurship Program assists 21 women who want to start a small business in Hamilton. There are 10 weeks of in-class business training including: marketing, short-term and long-term goal setting, insurance, legal and business plan creation and implementation.
Included are an additional six weeks of 1-1 support as participants begin to implement their business including assistance with accessing business loans, grants and additional funding sources. There are monthly learn and networking opportunities, where the women can network and learn from other small business owners and learn or refresh additional skills.
The YWCA Resource Centre offers a variety of training sessions and skill upgrading opportunities.
• Access to Internet and computer
• Access to Fax, Phone, Photocopier
• Job Search information and resources
• Job Leads and Business Directories
• Individual assistance for resume writing and interview coaching
• Job Search Workshops
• Resource Centre Hours:
• Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
For information and registration, contact (905) 522-9922 ext. 144.
YWCA Hamilton is pleased to offer the BASICS.fst Food Safety Training certification through Traincan Inc. In this training, you will learn about many food safety topics including foodborne illness, potentially hazardous foods, the temperature danger zone, food safety regulations, and how to properly cook, cool, thaw and hold food.
Food Safety Training is currently not available. For more information please contact Erzsebet Gatfalvi at (905) 522-9922 ext. 147 and Neekee Virani at (905) 522-9922 ext. 175.
Smart Serve Training
YWCA offers Smart Serve training: a responsible alcohol beverage service training program developed by Smart Serve Ontario. Smart Serve covers topics such as licences, facts about alcohol, signs of intoxication, and more. This program is for servers, bartenders, door staff, security, or anyone who will be working in areas where alcohol is sold and served under a Liquor Sales License or Special Occasion Permit.
Courses are now being offered. For more information, please contact
Erzsebet Gatfalvi at (905) 522-9922 ext. 147 and Neekee Virani at (905) 522-9922 ext. 175.
SISTER (Success in Service Training and Employment Retention) is a free employment program enabling young women to develop and enhance their life and employability skills and make successful transitions into the labour market.
This program includes 4 weeks of paid training and 12 weeks of paid placement. Eligible participants must be between the age of 15 to 30 at the time of intake, legally entitled to work in Canada and Ontario, not in receipt of EI benefits and are in need of assistance to overcome employment barriers
Microlending is a loans program for women with limited incomes who want to start a small business. Our microlending services lnclude assessment for loans, individual business coaching and group learning sessions designed to help women learn how to start and operate a small business, obtain a microloan, and build a positive credit history. This program connects prospective small business owners with business experts and access to available community resources and support.
For more information please call Victoria Bularda at (905) 522-9922 ext. 313.
Ready to take that next step and join an interactive intensive 13-week course that aids in skills upgrading and an avenue to showcase your newfound skills in the IT industry?
For more information or to register for this program please contact Lisa Lehmann at (905) 522-9922 ext. 150 or at LLehmann@ywcahamilton.org
This three year project focuses on the recruitment and retention of women in technology and manufacturing trades in Hamilton. We are currently recruiting women trained or currently employed in the skilled trades to participate in focus groups and surveys.
For more information, please contact Maisie Raymond-Brown, Director of Employment and Training Services at (905) 522-9922 ext. 151 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
YWCA Hamilton is addressing the gender imbalance that currently exists with young women entering high paid non-traditional occupations with our newest program Equitable Pathways to Technical Fields and Skilled Trades.
This program will focus on creating equitable pathways for young women to enter trades and technology fields from high school. YWCA Hamilton hopes to identify barriers for engaging young women in technical fields and skilled trades, and advise educational counselors and teachers in high schools on best practices to assist young women with a positive career choice in these industries. We will be doing this by conducting a literature review of best practices and developing a strategic implementation plan with tested tools, practices and strategies to effectively facilitate young women transitioning from high school into technical fields and skilled trades training and apprenticeship.
By the end of this project, school boards in Hamilton will have implemented an effective gender-based strategy for exposing young women to the technical fields and skilled trades and engaging them in these sectors.
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