Bridging the Gap (BTG)

Bridging the Gap (BTG)

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Program Partner

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


Our Bridging the Gap (BTG) program in Wood Buffalo, Grande Prairie and Red Deer are going virtual! If you're looking for an employment readiness program, look no further than our BTG program!


Participant Information

Bridging the Gap is a 20-week employment readiness program that enhances the skills of young job-seeking Albertans (aged 15 to 30) through a combination of practical training and a 12-week work placement provided by recognized organizations representing varied industries. Participants can earn certifications such as First Aid, CPR and WHMIS, and topics such as workplace communication, computer literacy, customer relations and personal development are all covered to ensure participants are well prepared for the job market.

Program Details
  • A youth-focused environment with friendly, qualified staff
  • One-to-one counselling and coaching
  • Employment and career assessments 
  • Eight weeks of small group instruction
  • Twelve weeks of work experience
  • Life and employability skills workshops
  • Assistance with child care costs (if needed)
  • Connection to employers
  • Links to community resources
  • Between the ages of 15-30 years
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent citizen or refugee


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For the Wood Buffalo region, please contact the program at or 780-880-4279 to apply and/or schedule an interview.

For Grande Prairie, please contact the program at or 780-978-4565 to apply and/or schedule an interview.

For the Red Deer region, please contact the program at

Please note that this program is being offered in a virtual format. Individuals interested in participating in this intake are required to have reliable internet access and access to a computer for a minimum of 6 hours daily with video conferencing capability. Each participant is required to complete an interview prior to being accepted into the program. All interviews will be conducted via video conferencing. Eligible participants will be invited to two days of Job Trek starting at 9am each day prior to the intake. Ten participants will be selected to start the intake.

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Employer Information

You are invited to apply to provide employment opportunities to the amazing pool of program participants. Simply complete and submit our BTG Employer Expression of Interest Form below to get started.

Employer Expression of Interest Form

For more information on Bridging the Gap, please contact:

Grande Prairie Region
Sarah Watchorn

Red Deer Region
Program Coordinator

Wood Buffalo Region
Kevis Wilson

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