In Her Shoes (Women)

IN HER SHOES (Women)

In Her Shoes (Women) is an employment & entrepreneurship training program for visible minority newcomer cis and trans women and non-binary individuals with a focus on building computer and digital literacy skills, employment skills and entrepreneurship and starting your own online business.

Eligibility:
  • Permanent residents of Canada;
  • Protected persons as defined in section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Individuals who have been selected, inside or outside Canada, to become permanent residents ( pending verification) and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC;
  • Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement to Canada by IRCC; 
  • Temporary foreign workers who hold or received approval of a work permit under section 112 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), or receive initial approval for permanent residence under section 113 of the IRPRl; and
  • Have not yet received citizenship.
Program Details:
  • Beginners Program Time:   Monday to Friday- 9:30 am- 2 pm
  • Beginners Program Time:   Tuesday to Thursday- 9:30 am- 2 pm
  • Program Duration: Each session runs for 8 weeks at a time
  • Program Location: 84 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • Bus Pass, childcare support and interpretive services are available for participants.

Streams:
Beginner Stream: 
  • Program runs Monday- Friday 9:30 am- 2:00 pm at 84 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • Learn digital skills by using technology and software
  • Work a three-hour shift each week at In Her Shoes bricks and mortar store to get employment experience.
  • Learn business skills such as, social media marketing, product development, website descriptions, photography, and basic graphic design.
  • Employment training including point of sale systems, employability skills, customer service, retail skills, sales, communication, leadership and teamwork.
  • Build and launch your business idea online.
  • Access to 1:1 mentorship post-graduation from the program.

 

Advanced Stream:
  • Program runs Tuesday- Thursday 9:30 am- 2:00 pm at 84 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • Build your business, and make more sales with 1:1 support.
  • Assistance in developing a business website on a selling platform of your choosing (ex. Shopify, Etsy, Ebay, etc.).
  • Social media audit of our business pages with recommendations and assistance developing a social media strategy to boost followers, engagement and sales.
  • Development of a three year business plan.
  • Branding and graphic design using online software.
  • Development of a business media package (letterhead, labels, invoice templates, social media templates, business cards, etc.)
  • Access to 1:1 mentorship post-graduation from the program.
  • Participants must come with a product that you are already actively selling and have a basic knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook as an example) and using a computer.

 

Session Dates:
  • Session 1:  Starts September 3, 2019          
  • Session 2:  Starts October 28, 2019                     
  • Session 3: Starts January 6, 2019
  • Session 4: Starts March 16, 2020
  • Session 5: Starts May 18, 2020
  • Session 6: Starts July 20,  2020
  • Session 7: Starts September 21, 2020
  • Session 8: Starts November 16, 2020
  • Session 9: Starts January 25, 2021

 

Registration Information:

Six to Eight participants will be selected to participate during each intake period, three in the beginner program and three in the advanced program. To apply for the program please complete the following two steps:

Step 1: Complete our online registration form 

Step 2: Once your registration form has been received you will be contacted to schedule a follow up meeting to talk further about your application and receive a tour of the In Her Shoes retail store and work space.

 

For Questions or Assistance Contact:

Kiran Aslam, Employment & Entrepreneurship Coordinator
519-502-1746
kiran.aslam@ywkw.ca

Emily Dyck, Social Enterprise Coordinator
519-502-1746
emily.dyck@ywkw.ca

 

 

  

 

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