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Employment Readiness

VCLA can help you get ready to get a job, or to get a better job! You need some hands-on experience and a good supervisor to give you feedback while you are learning. 

VCLA sets up opportunities for groups and for individuals to “learn by doing”. We help our learners reflect on their experiences before, during and afterwards.

YESS Program

The Youth Employment Skills Strategy (YESS) program is a federally-funded program which provides flexible employment services and enhanced supports to young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30. The goal of the program is to help youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to successfully transition into the labour market. VCLA embraces a flexible approach with services tailored to each individual to help young people gain the skills, abilities and experience they need to get good-quality jobs while earning a training allowance. 

A young man with his business banner for YESS and farmers market


Cornerstone is a 10-week training program designed to give 8-12 adults the learning they need to enter the field of health and human services as support workers with people with disabilities or seniors.


Personal development, teamwork, self-exploration and values clarification are the essence of the Lifestreams program. Participants are challenged to expand their horizons and to think outside of the box.