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Employment and Training Program


Program Details


The In Her Shoes Employment and Training Program is an 8-week program for female, transgender, and gender non-binary folks (Ages 16-65), that takes place at our online and bricks and mortar retail store called In Her Shoes. This program is for participants who are interested in learning more about developing online businesses and self-entrepreneurship, and/or who want to gain valuable job skills in a retail environment. Our goal is to provide participants who experience barriers to employment a skills-based and experiential training that helps them in their journey towards secure ongoing employment and in exploring and develop their unique small business ideas.

Each session runs for 8 weeks at a time during the hours of 10 am and 2:30 pm Monday-Friday. During this time participants are expected to attend and will have the opportunity to learn from our social enterprise coordinator and will work one three hour shift per week, earning a living wage honorarium.




We will be doing five intakes throughout the course of 2018 where 3 participants will be selected to participate in the program. More detailed information is below, please note the registration open & close dates for each session.

Session 1:

  • Runs: February 5th- March 30th
  • Intake/registration opens: January 18
  • Intake/registration closes: January 25

Session 2:

  • Runs: April 9th- June 1st
  • Intake/registration opens: March 1
  • Intake/registration closes: March 14

Session 3:

  • Runs: June 11th- August 3rd
  • Intake/registration opens: May 1
  • Intake/registration closes: May 14

Session 4:

  • Runs: August 13th - October 5th 
  • Intake/registration opens: July 1
  • Intake/registration closes: July 14

Session 5:

  • Runs: October 15th- December 7th
  • Intake/registration opens: September 1
  • Intake/registration closes: September 14



 To Register


We have a two part registration process to participate in the program. 

Step 1: Complete our registration form:

  • Online form: Click Here
  • Print version: Click Here
  • Please send the print version registration form to jennifer.gordon@ywcakw.on.ca or drop it off at 153 Frederick Street, Kitchener, Ontario

Step 2: Once your registration form has been received you will be contacted to schedule an interview and a tour of the In Her Shoes store and work space.



If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Jennifer Gordon, Director of Youth Services

519-576-8856 x 215 or jennifer.gordon@ywcakw.on.ca





This program is made possible through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation: