We are partnering with McMaster University Continuing Education for the Data Analytics certificate program commencing to offer a fully funded credentials course to employment-ready women (cis and trans) and gender diverse job seekers and career shifters. In addition to the specialized technical learning, students will also acquire support and knowledge on mentorship, self-advocacy, communication skills, adaptability, and curiosity.
The intention of Uplift Reskilling in Specialized Technology is to create a collective of learners who are interested in expanding their reach, supporting others in their career and educational journey, providing mentorship and guidance on career trajectories all while empowering the women’s economic recovery locally in Waterloo Region.
This program is generously funded by FedDev Ontario in partnership with the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo.
This initiative was created to address the labour market shortage. Employers don’t have the skilled talent they need to scale and grow their companies, the competitive nature which job seekers are experiencing in securing employment.
According to the World Economic Forum, “more than 1 billion jobs, almost one-third of all jobs worldwide, are likely to be transformed by technology in the next decade… we need to reskill more than 1 billion people by 2030.” Additionally, by next year “42% of core skills required to perform existing jobs are expected to change.”
The pandemic has widened the gap of women contributing in the workplace as they are being splayed in caring responsibilities for their families, educating their children, supporting their parents, supporting their partners all at the sacrifice of their own careers. The Feminist Shift sums it up nicely, “we know that before the pandemic, women in Waterloo Region were more likely to be found working precariously in part-time and low-wage jobs, doing care work and that they represented a large number of the employees in some of the sectors hardest hit by the result of lockdowns.”
This is why YW Kitchener-Waterloo In Her Shoes: Training and Employment Services has partnered with YWCAs across South and Eastern Ontario to provide reskilling for high-demand jobs right here in Waterloo Region thanks to funding from Ontario’s Federal Economic Development Agency.
✅ Employers need specific skills in their talent pool
✅ Job seekers can upskill/reskill their knowledge and gain specific skills
✅ In Her Shoes will provide training from certifying institutes to enhance the quality of candidates in our local talent pool and fill jobs in demand in our region
The result is that job seekers can contribute to a stronger and dynamic innovation ecosystem, while employers can access the talent needed to grow their organizations. By investing in our existing workforce and engaging those who have been caretaking by providing additional skills, we can enhance a robust economy. We’ll be announcing some exciting micro-credentialing opportunities in Advanced Technology in the near future!