YMCA Job Options BC

103-565 Bernard Ave, Town Centre Mall, 2nd flr, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 8R4
t: 250.861.5627 | f: 250.861.3833 | e: joboptionsbc@ymcaokanagan.ca 

A four week employment program offering unemployed, non-EI eligible adults (18+), who have limited work experience, the job skill training needed to gain rewarding employment.

The YMCA Job Options BC is a two-phase program that provides job seekers with:

  • Career assessments and counseling
  • Basic computer skills
  • Life, employability and interpersonal skills
  • Job search training and assistance
  • A resume, cover letter & business card
  • Work placement

Participants will receive First Aid, WorldHost, Food Safe, WHMIS and Serving It Right certifications. A training allowance will also be available to eligible participants during the classroom phase and additionally there will be opportunity to obtain a work placement.

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Funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

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

Southern Okanagan


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

Equipping people with the right skills and training needed to be successful in employment is just one of the ways the Y helps people reach their potential. The Canada-BC Job Grant is designed to do just that, and to give employers a little help along the way as well. Canada-BC Job Grant is a cost-sharing program that helps employers offset the cost of training for new or current employees. The program helps British Columbians gain the skills they need to fill available jobs and helps employers invest in their workers.

Employers receive up to two-thirds of training costs to a maximum government contribution of $10,000 per grant. Employers must contribute the remaining one-third. Private and non-profit employers with a plan to train employees for new or better jobs in BC are eligible to apply (applicants must be legal entities entitled to operate in British Columbia).

Training may take place in a variety of settings including classrooms, training facilities, workplaces or even online. Types of training may include (but are not limited to) essential skill, technical, business, management, leadership or short-term certificate training. Eligible training must:

  • Meet the needs of the business
  • Lead to a guaranteed job in BC
  • Be delivered by a third-party trainer including but not limited to a university, community or career college, trade union training centre, industry association, or private trainer whose fees are in line with the market rate for the same or similar training
  • Be completed within 52 weeks of receiving grant approval

Grant funds cover a variety of costs such as tuition fees, mandatory student fees, fees for textbooks, software, examinations or other required materials.

The YMCA is also pleased to offer:

  • One-to-one support to determine training needs for employers and work with them to identify the best and most effective training institutions to fit their needs
  • Assistance in completing the application package to ensure an efficient approval process of the grant
  • Support communicating with the Provincial government throughout the grant process

Interested employers can apply by contacting the YMCA by phone at 1-888-298-3947 or by email to jobgrant@gv.ymca.ca.

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