The Bridges Employment Program (BEP) is a six-month group-based program designed for adult women 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 women 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.
This program is typically delivered in-person at our Victoria and Langford locations, however, all BEP programs are currently being delivered virtually via Zoom. Technology support is available for those who need it.