Training & Skill Building

We are committed to empowering women to build self-confidence and build skills that can be the key to finding a good job. We offer support and training as well as a ground-breaking mentorship program. Childminding is available during our training to help women with children access these opportunities.

Support and Training

One-on-one Support
Our staff can help you with:

  • resumes
  • cover letters
  • job search skills
  • interview preparation
  • finding free or low-cost training
  • enrolling in GED programs/university/college
  • applying for student loans/scholarships

Contact 204-774-8975 ext 211 or to request an appointment.

Taking Root Childminding Training

Taking Root is a one-year work experience program for women who want to work in childcare. Participants complete 10 days of free training then work as part-time childminders with our Happy Sprouts Childminding Services.

The Program currently offers casual employment opportunities to an average of 30 childminders and provides safe, fun and interactive care for children for over 40 community agencies.

Each year, 12 women are selected to go through our Taking Root Childminding Training. We are looking for women who:

  • Face barriers to employment
  • Are hard working and reliable
  • Want to work towards getting a job in the childcare field
  • Available to work approximately 5-10 hours a week
  • Have flexible availability
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Live in the Inner-City

Taking Root Childminding Training includes topics such as:

  • Positive Guidance
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Interpersonal Communication

After the training, graduates will complete 1 year of work experience through Happy Sprouts Childminding Services and receive ongoing mentorship and support.

2019 applications are now closed.

For more, contact our Director of Social Enterprise at or 204-779-8975 ext. 211.

Child Care Assistant Program
Our centre occasionally offers free Child Care Assistant (CCA) training.

Child Care Assistant (CCA) certification allows an individual to work in a licensed early learning and child care centre or nursery school without formal Early Childhood Educator training. CCAs must complete a 40-hour training requirement before being certified.

Click here for more on Manitoba’s Child Care Assistant and Early Childhood Educator Classification.

Lunch, snacks and childminding provided.

For more on our childminding service, click here.

If you’re interested in future CCA training, contact our Director of Social Enterprise at or 204-779-8975 ext. 211.

Food Handler Certificate
We are an authorized contractor to deliver Manitoba Health’s approved Food Handler’s Certification Program and administer the provincial exam. Obtaining this certification can help women obtain employment or volunteer opportunities in the food service industry as well as improve their general knowledge of food safety.

The two-day course covers a wide variety of topics regarding safe food handling practices and ends with the Province of Manitoba Food Handler Exam with fifty multiple choice questions.  On successful completion of the exam, students are awarded the Manitoba Food Handlers Certificate.

Childminding is provided upon request.

If you’re interested in future Food Handler training, contact our Food Security Coordinator at or 204-774-8975 ext. 214.

If you’re interested in engaging us to offer Food Handler training for your organization, please fill out the form below:

First Aid/CPR training
We occasionally offer full-day First Aid/CPR training to help women access employment opportunities that require First Aid/CPR training.

Lunch, snacks and childminding provided.

If you’re interested in future First Aid/CPR training, contact our Director of Social Enterprise at or 204-779-8975 ext. 211.

Volunteer Program

As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on our volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the application form or contact or 204-774-8975 ext 224.

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer orientations take place based on the needs of our programs, so spots are limited. If you are being considered for a position, you will be contacted by our Volunteer & Events Coordinator.

Where we are:

640 Ellice Ave



Monday - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Tuesday - 12:30pm to 6:00pm

(4-6pm open to families/male partners)

Wednesday - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Thursday - 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Friday - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Saturday - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Mentorship Program: WE-WIL

Applications for Spring 2020 are now closed.
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

WE WIL: Women Empowering Women Into Leadership is a skill and capacity-building leadership and empowerment program, designed for women who face barriers to employment and education. Participants not only gain new skills and qualifications but also learn in a supportive environment where the skills and knowledge they already possess are honoured.

The program supports participants to gain:

  • Life skills
  • Confidence
  • An increased awareness of community resources and community development approaches
  • An understanding of anti-oppression, inclusion, and advocacy frameworks
  • Training in asset mapping, goal setting, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and other soft skills
  • A certificate and reference upon successful completion that looks great on job applications!

Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for a 6-month mentorship position within our Centre, which can be renewed up to 18 months. These mentorship positions include work experience, ongoing training opportunities, wrap-around supports and a monthly honorarium.

WE WIL is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall.

For more, please contact our Director of Mentorship at or 204-774-8975 ext. 203.

West Central Women’s Resource Centre’s Women Empowering Women Into Leadership Program was recognized by Status of Women Canada as a national best practice.

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