What is Gear Up?

A 12-week virtual personal growth, training, and career program. Participants will spend 6 weeks in group training and 6 weeks in an individualized career training stream before starting a job search.

Mix of online group meetups, virtual training, independent work, and community-based activities.


Gear Up includes:

  • Personal and Life Skills: Well-being, self-care, family, relationships and more.
  • Assessments: Personal strengths, career preferences, personality style, and more.
  • Essential Skills: Math, forms, terminology, and vocabulary.
  • Short Term Skills Training: First Aid, SuperHost, Computer Basics, Pandemic Awareness and More
  • Special Guests, creative activities, book club, employer networking, community connections, and work experience opportunities
  • Individualized Certificate and Online Industry Skills Training
  • Participants will be matched with a personal career coach and move into employment or advanced training upon completion of this program
  • Supports include: Laptop provided for learning, One year subscription to Office 365, up to $600 training allowance paid upon completion of training, $400 in grocery gift cards to purchase lunches during training, and allowance for work clothes. Childcare, transportation, and wage subsidies are available.


Who should join?

  • Women or Men over 18 years of age who are unemployed, under-employed or precariously employed and have experienced trauma or violence in their lifetime
  • Women or Men who are ready for employment or to move into advanced education and would benefit from a longer-term supportive training environment
  • Must have a safe place to participate in daily training and basic computer skills. Access to internet is required.

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