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.
Apply now for our Bridges Employment Program! We are currently accepting applications for 2 different Bridges Employment Program cohorts. One cohort is open to eligible women across B.C. and the second is available to eligible women residing in Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, Gulf Islands, Westshore, and Sooke.
- New intake October 2021
- Delivered online via Zoom
- Available for all individuals residing in British Columbia
Local Westshore Program
- New intake September 2021
- Potential in-person delivery at Bridges Westshore Location pending COVID-19 guidelines
- Available for individuals residing in the Capital Region District (Victoria and surrounding area)