Uplift Program - Reskilling for Jobs of the Future

About the Program

Uplift – Women in Specialized Technology Reskilling Training Program in Eastern Ontario Registration is Open – APPLY NOW!

The YWCA Canada’s Uplift Program provides women and non-binary people the opportunity to enhance and acquire skills and knowledge to enter the information and cybersecurity field through certification training with a provincially recognized educational institution and supports related to job development and pre-employment skills. Training fees for participants are covered by FedDev Ontario. The YWCA Canada Uplift staff will assist program participants to achieve better employment and navigate traditionally male-dominated workplaces.




Eligibility Criteria

  • Women (cisgender or transgender) or non-binary
  • Bachelor’s Degree, diploma, or relevant experience
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident residing in Ottawa, Peterborough, Kingston, Cornwall
  • Canadian Language Benchmark levels 7-8
  • Must have IT, Science, Engineering background or transferable skills/ work experience
  • Able to commit to a part-time 20-week training program, November to March, 10 hours a week; program will require participants to complete the 5 core and 3 elective specialty curated courses
  • Personal laptop (referrals for loan available)


Benefits and Gains

  • You will obtain an Advanced Information and Cyber Security Leadership Certificate from the University of Ottawa, Professional Development Institute
  • Instructors include industry experts with application and implementation experience
  • Become familiar with the technical core competencies that cybersecurity employers are looking for in employees to fast-track employment
  • Essential skills training for employment and job-readiness
  • Develop an understanding of employer expectations and labour market trends in cybersecurity
  • Hands-on experience with real work projects
  • Improved earning potential


For more information, please contact the Uplift Program Team Staff at:


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Training Schedule

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Training Schedule Employment Essentials (Online/2 weeks):

Monday, November 8 to Thursday, November 11, 2021/9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Monday, November 15 to Thursday, November 18, 2021/9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


University of Ottawa, Advanced Information and Cyber Security Leadership Certificate (Online/18 weeks):

Two different daily training schedules are available

November 22, 2021, to March 24, 2022, Monday and Thursday, 28 half-day sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 1:00p.m.to 4:00p.m.

Additional 4 hours a week – dates and time to be announced


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