Throughout November, YWCA Toronto’s Employment and Training Centre that helps women prepare for employment, secure well-paying jobs, and lift themselves out of poverty is celebrating a huge milestone- 25 years serving residents in the Scarborough community.
The centre which opened their doors in 1991 has expanded into a bustling multi-service employment and training hub at 3090 Kingston Road.
“We saw that there was a need for the work we do. Young women and single mothers were being left behind from participating in the labour market and struggling to find good jobs. Over the past 25 years, we have helped thousands of women find work, build skills, and gain confidence. We are excited to continue growing and broadening our work in the Scarborough community, the City, and across Canada,” said Eva Pakyam, Manager of Employment Programs.
The centre is known to constantly innovate and delivers new programs that help women from all walks of life prepare for and enter the job market.“I was not ready at all for what life had in store for me when I came to Canada as an immigrant. YWCA Toronto helped me become familiar with the Canadian work environment, develop customer service skills, and improve my office skills. YWCA Toronto helps women like me gain the confidence and skills to launch a career. My life has taken a positive 180 degree turn from where I started,” says Anoosha, a former YWCA Toronto Employment and Training participant.