Bridges Pre-Employment Program
2017 Bridges Program FAQ – PDF
2017 Bridges Program – PDF
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
- Individualized to provide 1:1 goal planning and job coaching, group workshops, open computer lab, and drop-in office hours
- A supportive learning environment that adapts to all learning styles and abilities
- Personal and job skill development
- Basic needs and self-care, self-awareness, self-esteem, communication, anger/stress management, conflict resolution, healthy relationships and lifestyles, recognizing, understanding and overcoming the impacts of abuse, planning/goal setting, resumes, cover letters, interview skills, basic computer skills, career planning and research, job maintenance
- Work Certificates – Food Safe, First Aid, WHMIS, Serving it Right, and World Host
- Gain Knowledge of community resources, supports and employment networks
- Support Services – Women’s Outreach, Victim Services – Crisis Intervention, Women’s Wellness Counseling, housing support, Baby’s New Beginnings, Clothes Line, Children who Witness Abuse Counseling (CWWA)
- Workshops may include guest speakers, hands-on activities, discussion and videos
- Included: safe space, bus tickets, snacks and completion celebration
- Extras: in conjunction with Work BC and under the Employment Program of BC, and/or the Single Parent Employment Initiative, for those eligible additional training, work certificates, and/or paid/unpaid work experience may be available upon completion of the program
Who is it for?
Women 18 years and older, who are:
- Working less than 20 hours per week,
- On Income Assistance, Disability Assistance, CPP Disability, and/or Employment Insurance (non-medical, not maternity)
To are unable to participate in this program if you are currently enrolled in another Employment Program or enrolled in Secondary or Post-Secondary School. Adult Basic Education (part-time) enrollment is acceptable
Information sessions are held bi-weekly.
The next information session is: October 23, 2017, from 1-3pm.
Participants must register with their name and contact number by phone or in person
Community and self referrals are accepted continually
For more in formation or to enroll, contact Cory at (250)563-1113
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
What Women Said:
I feel more assertive and more sure now. I am more confident in saying what I need to.— Program Participant