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Youth Employment Bootcamp is a FREE 16-week life skills and job-readiness program. We provide a toolbox full of resources and connections within your community to apply to your next career move. Whether you’re exploring the job market, need support in tailoring your resume or learning how to network, our coaches work with you at your pace. 

Program Features:

Four weeks of paid job training, 12 weeks paid work experience
  • Six-month YMCA membership
  • $300 bonus when hired by one of our partner employers
  • One-on-one support with an employment coach
  • Certifications (First Aid, FoodSafe, Responsible Adult and many others)
  • Employment skills training (through workshops and one-on-one)
  • Work-experience opportunities
  • Living allowance where applicable -- get paid while you train


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YMCA BC's Youth Employment Bootcamp program, in partnership with Western Community College (WCC), is offering the Applied Skills Training Program for youth aged 16-30 to gain the skills and knowledge needed to find work in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

Please note that the Applied Skills Training Program is separate from the Youth Employment Bootcamp program detailed above. View our current Applied Skills Training Program offerings below.


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Terrific Tourism: Introduction to BC Tourism Industry (8 weeks)

February 6 to March 31, 2023

This eight-week tuition-free training program is specifically designed to introduce participants to the new trends and opportunities in BC's booming tourism sector, along with the skillset required to break into this industry.

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Great BC: Introduction to BC Hospitality Industry (8 weeks)

February 20 to April 14, 2023

Hospitality in BC continues to be a dynamic growth industry, taking a significant portion of the $22-billion tourism segment. This eight-week, tuition-free training program will provide participants with an overview of the accommodations sector and learn about Hotel Management, Food and Beverage Management, and more.

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Maintain BC: Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality Property Management (8 weeks)

March 6 to April 28, 2023

Every tourist facility requires professionals who know how to maintain it to enhance customer experience. This eight-week, tuition-free training program will provide participants with an overview of the skills required to work safely within building maintenance and facility management.

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Success Story -- Meet John

Before John participated in the YEB program he had been unemployed for years and was very anxious, stressed, and depressed about his ability to find and sustain a job. He felt as he had no idea what he wanted to do or even if he had any skills or abilities for the labour market. 

He stumbled upon the YMCA ad on craigslist for the YEB program while looking for job listings, and decided to give it a try. In the program, he was immediately met with a kind, accepting, and supportive environment. Given the fact that the program was titled as a “Bootcamp”, his expectation had been that of a tough and grueling program, so he was shocked at how nice everyone was and how the content and day-to-day discussions were presented in such an engaging and fun way. By the end of the program our group of participants had even all become friends. 

Throughout the program John was payed a living wage, as he didn't have any access to income or income assistance at the time. He learned various knowledge and skills relating to the labour market. We took part in various workshops, such as Emergency First-Aid, Customer Service Basics, Public Speaking, and Mental Health First Aid. They also helped to connect him with a counsellor and financed his sessions, as he was struggling with issues in Mental Health and Problematic Substance Use. Whenever he was struggling with the program or even things outside of the program, his employment coach would also meet and work with him to find solutions that worked for him for any problems or concerns he was having. 

John is now employed full-time in a job that he loves, working at a non-profit in Vancouver's DTES - helping others with similar lived experience like himself find meaningful work despite facing barriers to employment. John is incredibly grateful for everything the program taught and helped him with, as well as the endless support of the employment coaches, and he would recommend this program to any youth facing difficulties finding employment.


Become a Partner Employer!

Whether your business is growing, you are looking for a steady stream of qualified and trained employees or you are looking to inspire youth in the community, the YMCA’s employment programs have customized partnership solutions for you.

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