Retail Connections: Immigrant Youth Retail Employment Training Program


Immigrant Youth Retail Employment Training Program

Start date: Monday, May 8th, 2017

“To discover yourself, to know yourself, you have to apply to this program!”

– G .A.R., Retail Connections Participant, Jan 2016

The Retail Connections Program is an employment and skills training program that helps unemployed and underemployed immigrant youth and young adults to gain the skills and experience needed to find employment in the retail and customer service industry. There is also a limited number of seats available for non-immigrant clients.

What does it include?

Job Readiness Training:

  • 4-week daily full-time classroom-based training including:
    • Job search and Retail specific workshops
    • Personality and Career Assessment
  • 8-week one-on-one coaching and follow up support

Skills Development:

  • Essential Skills Assessment and Training
  • Retail specific training in Customer Service and Sales, Inventory Management,

Merchandising and Displaying and Occupational Health and Safety.

  • WorldHost Customer Service Training and Certificate
  • Emergency First Aid Training and Certificate
  • Food Safe Training Certificate
  • Career Coaching

Job Retention Support:

  • Post-employment follow-up support
  • Personal management skills training
  • Connections to community services
  • Workplace orientation

They welcome jobseekers who are:

  • Unemployed or underemployed working less than 20 hours/week
  • Non-EI eligible
  • 18-30 years old
  • Permanent Residence, Canadian Citizen or Protected Person
  • Intermediate conversational English skills
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks of full-time training (Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm)
  • Not participating in another Canada Job Fund Employment Services & Support program
  • Residents of the Lower Mainland

Program end date: June 2nd, 2017

Location: YWCA WorkBC Employment Services Centre

106-980 West 1st Street,

North Vancouver BC V7P 3N4