Kitchener-Waterloo partners with McMaster University Continuing Education to help
women launch into tech roles through a fully funded certificate program
ON, September 23, 2021 – The YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo’s (YWKW) innovative
employment training program, In Her Shoes, has partnered with McMaster
University Continuing Education to offer its YWCA
Reskilling Uplift in Specialized Technology initiative. Uplift is a
virtual program whereby learners receive a Certificate of Professional Learning
in Data Analytics from McMaster University Continuing Education. The first
cohort of classes is set to begin on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and will run
on a part-time basis until July 2022.
The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has
highlighted the pre-existing inequalities that impact a large sector of our
society. During the pandemic, women have been laid off, furloughed and underemployed
at far greater numbers than men. Additionally, many women have had to reduce their
working hours or leave jobs to meet increased caregiving responsibilities at
home. Meanwhile, the Canadian tech sector is
struggling to recruit and retain qualified and diverse talent. The YWCA’s
Reskilling Uplift initiative will advance the skills and knowledge of women and
gender-diverse people and help them stand out in today’s competitive job market
in tech adjacent roles within in-demand industries.
strength in the face of difficulty takes courage, motivation, and ambition. At
In Her Shoes: YW Kitchener-Waterloo, we see the potential in women and gender-diverse
people and support them to build their future with employment and
entrepreneurial training,” says Heather Cowan, Coordinator of Training and
Employment Services, YW Kitchener-Waterloo. “Our goal is to create a
supportive network of solution-focused services for women and gender-diverse
people, their families and broader communities by providing career and
community resources, interactive workshops and experiences which enhance
learning in personal and professional areas of their lives."
Both YWKW and McMaster Continuing
Education believe in the potential of all women and gender-diverse members of
the community. In creating a collaborative and supportive virtual learning
environment and providing supports and guidance on networking and mentorship,
the YWKW and McMaster Continuing Education are pleased to provide willing
learners the opportunity to invest in their own personal and professional
learning and growth.
“We’re proud to partner with the YWKW
to provide foundational training in data analytics from leading practitioners,”
says Lorraine Carter, Director, McMaster Continuing Education.“ Through this
program that emphasizes hands-on skills that can be applied across multiple
in-demand industries and roles, we’re humbled to play a role in building up and
creating employment-ready women and gender-diverse people in our community,
especially during today’s challenging times.”
was launched to support women and gender-diverse individuals in the Kitchener
and Waterloo regions interested in gaining in-demand skills to pivot within
their careers or rejoin a rapidly changing job market. As a funded initiative,
the program reduces the financial stressors of post-secondary education and supports
learners in landing tech adjacent roles that will utilize their new skills.
For more information about the Uplift -YWCA Reskilling in
Specialized Technology, visit https://inhershoesyw.com/pages/in-her-shoes-rapid-reskilling-program.
About In Her Shoes
YW Employment, Entrepreneurship and Reskilling Programs
Her Shoes provides coaching, guidance, and helps to build self-confidence. Their
programs support local women and gender-diverse people to discover their next
opportunity and remove barriers to economic security.
McMaster University Continuing Education has
inspired people to discover and achieve through lifelong learning since 1931.
As one of Canada’s largest and leading providers of continuing education for
adult learners, McMaster Continuing Education’s purpose is to develop and
realize both individuals' and society’s potential by providing education to
thrive in today’s dynamic world.
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