Employment Readiness with BTG


Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 20-week employment readiness program that enhances the skills and confidence of young job-seeking Albertans between 15–30 years old. Through a combination of practical training and a 12-week work placement, participants are equipped with the skills necessary to find sustainable employment.

Bridging the Gap is proudly offered in Grande Prairie, Wood Buffalo and Red Deer.

Find Employment with BTG

Here's why you should participate in BTG:

  1. Gain training on what it takes to be a contributing employee
  2. Understand the expectations of employers in the workplace and be ready to meet those expectations
  3. Get support for 12 weeks
  4. Earn certifications and training in CSO, First Aid & CPR, WHMIS, H2S Alive, Confined Spaces, ProServe, ProTect, Sell Safe, Fall Protection and more!
  5. Learn important skills such as workplace communication, computer literacy, customer relations and personal development
Ready to get started?

Participants must:

  • be between 15–30 years old
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent residence or refugee

Grow your Business with BTG

Looking for your next hire? BTG brings trained, qualified candidates to your business.

When you partner with YMCA Bridging the Gap, you provide an opportunity for young people to learn more about the workforce. Additionally, employer partners received support and a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to $7,200 (50% of participant wages) for 12 weeks.

Partner with BTG by completing an employer expression of interest form today.

What do employers and participants have to say about BTG?




"It's win/win for me. I get great employees and save money on salaries, which also helps cover some of their training costs."

Employer Partner, Grande Prairie




"BTG really helped me see my potential, highlighted skills I didn't even realize I had and helped me to re-enter the workplace with more confidence."

- Participant, Wood Buffalo




"The wage subsidy process was simple and stress-free and the return on investment was well worth it. Thank you!"

- Employer Partner, Red Deer

YMCA of Northern Alberta. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. Government of Canada.
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