Bridges Pre-Employment Program

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Women in our communities face a variety of systemic barriers accessing employment. These barriers can be compounded by abuse. Whether it’s from a family member or a husband or boyfriend, experiencing violence will only make it harder to acquire the skills, educational certifications, or opportunities that make employment more possible. We work with women to assess where they’re at and where they want to be. The Bridges Pre-Employment Program is conducted by the Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Society, in partnership with Work BC.

What is it?

  • A specialized program designed for women to overcome barriers to employment, including recovery from violence/abuse
  • A six week program, which runs three days per week (Monday-Wednesday 9:30-3:30), with some additional days
  • A safe, fun, supportive learning space that adapts to all learning styles and abilities
  • Personal and job skill development skills
  • Support with Self-awareness, self-esteem, communication, anger/stress management, assertiveness, conflict resolution, healthy relationships/lifestyles, goal setting, time management
  • Job search support- Learn about job market trends, hidden job market
  • Receive job coaching and support, career exploration- Assessments and research support
  • Receive work certificates, including: Food Safe, First Aid, WHMIS, Serving it Right, and World Host
  • Gain Knowledge of community resources, supports and employment networks
  • The course is presented in workshops with guest speakers, hands on activities, discussion, and videos
  • Develop a thorough and updated resume and cover letter
  • Learn Interviewing skills, budgeting and financial planning, basic computer skills, career planning and conduct research
  • Employment coaching and work search support
  • Some additional training, work certificates, or work experience may be available upon completion of the program for those who are eligible
  • Bonus: Bus tickets, snacks, program incentives, graduation celebration

Who is it for?

Women 17 years and older, who are:

  •  Unemployed,
  • Working less than 20 hours per week,
  • On Income Assistance, Disability Assistance, CPP Disability, and/or Employment Insurance (non-medical, not maternity)


To participate in this program you cannot already be enrolled in another Employment Program or enrolled in Secondary or Post-Secondary School. Adult Basic Education (part-time) enrollment is acceptable 


Community and self referrals are accepted continually

For more in formation or to enrol, contact Cory at (250)563-1113


What Women Said:

The growth I have obtained through this course has given me the knowledge, the skills, and the courage to move forward in my life.

— Program Participant