Women's Economic Empowerment Programs

Women's Network PEI has a successful history of developing and delivering strength-based programs to support women to transition from poverty to a sustainable livelihood. Our programs are offered to participants at no cost and are open to women on social assistance, on EI, working less than 20 hours a week or with no income. Potential participants must be out of school for a least 1 year. The Women's Economic Empowerment Programs support women to identify transferable skills and explore various career and employment opportunities.

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Propelle - A life skills and employment readiness program

Propelle

Propelle is a life skills and employment readiness program with a focus on jobs where women are underrepresented. Propelle focuses on confidence building, conflict resolution, group activities, learning styles and overall wellness by following four pillars — Personal Development, Employment Readiness, Career Exploration and Community Engagement. Participants will hear from guest speakers, employers and mentors in various fields and will tour Holland College to explore various programs and job opportunities.

Propelle Eligibility:

  • Women between the ages 22 and 45 (with flexibility) who have experienced one or more of the following: limited attachment to the workforce, lack of confidence, limited education, intergenerational poverty, addiction issues, abuse, family violence, mental and physical health challenges, lone parents with limited supports
  • Women who face barriers in employment and/or career advancement
  • Women that have a desire and aptitude to work and increase their employability on PEI
  • Women who have lived on PEI for at least 3 months and are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Women who are on EI, are working 20 hours per week or less, are on social assistance or have no income
  • Women who can commit to full-time programming

Trade HERizons — a career exploration and college preparation program

Trade HERizons

Trade HERizons is a career exploration and college preparation program with a focus on exposure to trades and technology careers, enhancing essential skills, career exploration and personal development. Participants will experience hands on learning opportunities with Holland College, will meet mentors and will tour with industry employers. Participants will enhance life skills and focus on labor market research, resumes, interviews, math and team building.

Trade HERizons Eligibility:

  • Women between the ages 22 and 45 (with flexibility) who have completed their grade 12 year, either through high school or through a GED
  • Women that have a desire and aptitude to work in trades and technology sectors
  • Women who have lived on PEI for at least 3 months and are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Women who are on EI, are working 20 hours per week or less, are on social assistance or have no income
  • Women who can commit to full time programming
  • Women who are ready to make change in their lives through exploring new career options

How to Apply

Acceptance for all WEE Programming requires:

  • Eligibility
  • Filled-in and submitted application form
  • Interview with Women's Network PEI
  • Employment Assistance Services support
  • Skills PEI approval

Start your application process for Propelle or Trade HERizons by filling in the online form:

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More Information

For more information please contact us by email, or by phone at 902-368-5040

Project Funders

Funding provided in whole or part by Canada-PEI Labour Market Development Agreement and/or the Government of Canada through the Canada–PEI Job Fund

Skills PEI Status of Women Canada