YMCA Youth Works

103-565 Bernard Ave, Towne Centre Mall, 2nd floor, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 8R4
t: 250-861-5627 | f: 250-861-3833 | e: youthworks@ymcaokanagan.ca 

YMCA Youth Works is a career focused, three week employment program offering eligible youth, age 29 and under, job skills training and long term planning toward a rewarding career. Motivated youth who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) and who are unemployed or underemployed are encouraged to apply.

This two-phase program will provide job seekers with:

  • Career assessments and counseling
  • Basic computer skills
  • Life, employability and interpersonal skills
  • Job search training and assistance
  • A resume and cover letter
  • Exposure to career opportunities in growing sectors
  • A mentorship opportunity with Ten Thousand Coffees
  • Certifications in First Aid, Foodsafe, WHMIS and WorldHost

With the help of a career counselor, participants will establish a step by step plan to achieve their career goals. Partnerships with local organizations will expose program participants to industries with future expected job openings while equipping them with the skills they’ll need to succeed.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

YMCA Jumpstart to Employment Essentials

207-399 Main Street, Penticton BC V2A 5B7
t: 250-770-7873 | f: 250-770-7830 | jumpstart@ymcaokanagan.ca

Jumpstart is 12 week in-take program for youth with the opportunity to earn wages while learning the ins and outs of finding and keeping a job. Located in Penticton, BC, Jumpstart is training and support designed to develop fundamental employability and life-skills necessary to obtain and maintain lasting employment in today’s market.

Jumpstart emploi Essentials est de 12 semaines en prendre programme pour les jeunes avec la possibilité de gagner un salaire tout en apprenant les tenants et les aboutissants de trouver et conserver un emploi. Situé à Penticton, en Colombie-Britannique, Jumpstart est la formation et de soutien visant à développer l’employabilité et de la vie fondamentale des compétences nécessaires pour obtenir et conserver un emploi durable dans le marché d’aujourd’hui.

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The Government of Canada has contributed funding to this initiative. Le gouvernement du Canada a contribué au financement de cette initiative.

YMCA WorkBC Employment Services Centres


Serving Summerland, Penticton, Princeton, Keremeos and surrounding area. Visit www.ymcaworkbc.ca for programs, services and to job search the Southern Okanagan Region.

Our Partnerships

YMCA WorkBC Employment Services Centres is funded by the Province of British Columbia and operated by the YMCA of Okanagan in partnership with seven other employment service providers throughout the South Okanagan of British Columbia. WorkBC Employment Services Centres are located across the province and offer client centered, integrated services and supports that are responsive, inclusive and accessible. The purpose of the centres is to support British Columbians in getting—and keeping—a job as quickly as possible.

Canada-BC Job Grant

British Columbia has successfully met its application targets for the Canada-BC Job Grant (CJG) for the 2015/16 fiscal year. No new grant applications are being accepted at this time.

Grants will be issued to qualifying applications already submitted on a first come, first served basis, until the fund is exhausted. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within approximately 8 weeks of the submission date.

See the WorkBC website for more information and updates.