- As of January 2018, thanks to a new collaboration with the Lise Watier Foundation, we started offering the s’Entreprendre program. This program provides training guidance and financial support, and is addressed to women aged 18 and older who are ready to take action through entrepreneurship, post-secondary education or by returning to the workforce.
- Since January 2018, the certificate obtained by participants in the Fringues & Cie program has been recognized by the Ministry of Education as an official Training Certificate for a Semiskilled Trade (TCST).
- The Mothers Work Integration Program has been renamed Women’s Work Integration Program as it is now open to all women outside the job market, and not just to women with children.
- The OSE and Women’s Work Integration Program teams organized a mentoring panel for nontraditional employment for women. The panelists were from different fields and businesses, including the STM and the Ville de Montréal. There was a female bus driver, a female building inspector, a female engineer and a woman who works in fire prevention.
- Tu viens d’où?, our awareness project intended to promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace, was chosen as the “Coup de cœur” of the City of Montreal’s Bureau d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants (BINAM). The funds obtained will make it possible to create a virtual reality experience and follow a female immigrant in her search for work.
- Accenture Technologies provided five free online training sessions for participants in our employability services through their training platform The Learning Exchange. The YWCA is the first organization in Quebec to use this platform. Accenture also made a donation toward the purchase of laptops for our participants and decided to renew the agreement for another year.
- Antonella Talarico, coordinator of OSE, Women’s Work Integration Program and Mentoring Services, received the Recognition Award at the 2018 Méritas Gala hosted by Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi (AXTRA).
- Since August 2017, a partnership with L’Oréal has allowed participants to join their Beauty for a Better Life program for free. Five participants from the Women’s Work Integration Program and Fringues & Cie were able to benefit from this vocational training program for beauty sector skills. This partnership will run again in 2018-2019.
WHO ARE THEY?
This year, 68% of the Women’s Work Integration Program participants were social assistance or employment insurance recipients. Figures for the Fringues & Cie and OSE participants were 87% and 44% respectively.
64% of Women’s Work Integration Program participants came from immigrant background. For program OSE, 47% of women were university graduates while 77% and 58% of Fringues & Cie and Women’s Work Integration program, respectively, had not completed college. 57% of Fringues & Cie were single parents which marks a significant increased compared to the precedent year.
333 WOMEN benefited from our employability services.
WOMEN’S WORK INTEGRATION PROGRAM
44 women took part in this 19-week job preparation program, which includes training, group workshops and a professional internship.
FRINGUES & CIE
23 women took part in this accredited, six-month paid training program in sales and customer service.
ORIENTATION AND SERVICES FOR EMPLOYMENT (OSE)
205 women benefited from individual consultations with certified guidance counsellors, all members in good standing with their professional associations.
S’ENTREPRENDRE – LISE WATIER FOUNDATION
27 women participated in this new program, which combines counselling, training, guidance and financial support.
CENTRE DE RESSOURCES ET DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES APPRENTISSAGES (CRDA)
33 women from the collectivity and 53 participants in our employment programs used the various resources offered by the CRDA.
Before I started the WWI Program, I was in a very stagnant place and was very lost in terms of what I wanted to do. I was very nervous about what the program really was and if it would ultimatly help me. While searching for what I wanted to do, I did become very clear on my objectives and goals, which is going back to school to become a PAB (Personal Care Atendant). I feel that my action plan has gone well and that I am determined to carry it out. What I have gained from this program is a clear plan for the future, a goal and confidence.
Participant of Women’s Work Integration Program
In Montreal, 45% of women earning an income make less than $20,000 per year.1 The most common occupations for women in Montreal and the province of Quebec include administrative assistant, retail sales worker, cashier, early childhood educator and assistant, and nurse.2
In Montreal, women’s employment rates have been systematically lower than men’s for the last 10 years. In 2017, the employment rate among women was 57% compared with 65,2% among men.3
In Quebec, in 2014, total median income for women working full time, corresponded to 71,5% of men’s median income and close to 60% of part time jobs are occupied by women.4
SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION
In 2017-2018, 62% of participants from our employability programs found work immediately following completion of the program.
1 Conseil du statut de la femme, Portrait statistique. Égalité hommes-femmes. Montréal, par Lorraine Rochon, 2015. p. 50.
2 Ibid., 29.
3 Le marché du travail, Population active selon le sexe, agglomération de Montréal, 2010-2017,
4 Conseil du statut de la femme, Portrait des Québécoises en 8 temps, 2017
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