Skills Development Fund Grant Helping Women Impacted by COVID

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In 2022, the Working Women Community Centre received a $711,421 Skills Development Fund grant from the Province of Ontario. Working Women Community Centre, in partnership with Rexdale Women’s Centre and Schulich Executive Education will use the grant towards offering the Digital-Age Project Management Skills for Newcomer Women project.

The new initiative will seek to prepare recent newcomer women job seekers, and incumbent workers, that have been disproportionally affected by the COVID19 pandemic to enter, or re-enter, the Canadian workforce. The project will seek to do so by providing training in core digital competencies and project management skills which will be designed and offered by the Schulich ExecEd.

“At Schulich ExecEd, we help organizations equip their workforce with the skills necessary to advance their careers and thrive in today’s economy,” said Rami Mayer, Executive Director. “We also help to foster an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace culture with a strong emphasis on promoting and developing equity deserving groups, such as newcomer women. We are confident that working together we can provide the right tools and skills to help a historically underrepresented group in the Canadian labour force to kick start their Canadian careers and thrive in our economy.”

All participants in this program will receive educational certification from Schulich Executive Education and will be engaged in further employment supports specifically designed to teach the practical job readiness skills required to navigate the workplace with success, which will offered by Rexdale Women’s Centre.

The Digital-Age Project Management Skills for Newcomer Women program is set to launch in August of 2022 and will look to successfully graduate 80 newcomer women.