Bridges Employment Program
Learn alongside a supportive community of women
Understand and overcome the impacts of trauma
Individual counselling is available
Academic upgrading via Camosun College available
Childcare, transportation and technology supports are available based on need
“Since I completed the “BEP” program I feel transformed. Bridges showed me how to live life, to face it with confidence and power! All the wonderful staff have taught me to be the greatest version of myself for the first time in my life. Graduating meant so much more than I ever imagined. I am so grateful to have been a part of something so incredible! ”
Sherry, Bridges Employment Program Graduate
The Bridges Employment Program (BEP) is a six-month group-based program designed for adults who self-identify as having experienced trauma, violence, abuse or neglect, and who want to reclaim their lives. Through intentional curriculum and skilled facilitators, participants explore a range of personal and professional development topics.
These include understanding the impacts of abuse on employability, creating personal safety, developing a vision for the future, building essential skills needed for safe and healthy relationships, self-care, career exploration, job search strategies and more. The program also incorporates volunteering, group mentoring and local connections by bringing in guest speakers, local employers, and important community services.
This program is suited to individuals who have a goal of re-entering the workforce, returning to school, starting a business, building community connections and volunteering. Many of the skills required for success in the workforce are practiced throughout the program and so it is a safe place to build confidence and move towards personal and professional goals.
Our programs are open to all women (transgender and cisgender), non-binary, and two-spirit people who identify as part of the women’s community.
We are currently accepting applications for our Local Westshore Employment Program! For more information on how to apply, please visit our application page.
Local Westshore Program
We are currently accepting applications for our Local Westshore Employment Program. The next cohort will be beginning in May 2022 for eligible women residing in Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, Gulf Islands, Westshore, and Sooke.
We are no longer accepting applications for our Provincial Employment Program cohorts. Services for those living outside of the Capitol Regional District are currently closed to new participants (with the exception of the Bridges Online Program which is available to women on norther Vancouver Island).