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Steps to Success

The Steps to Success program is a free program for adults that offers help with the skills necessary to get into or keep going in today’s workplace.

Adult Literacy

Whether you want to read a bedtime story to your grandchildren, go to university, get a job or get a better job, the adult literacy programs will be of help. We approach adult literacy in stages that include reading, writing, oral communications and document use.

Workplace Essential Skills

Today’s job market is competitive. We can help you by teaching reading skills to enable you to read manuals at work. We also teach document use, so you can better fill out forms. We teach numeracy to help you improve everything from your ‘money math’ to your ‘kitchen math’. We also teach writing skills to enable you to write letters, emails and memos. We teach oral communication to help you solve problems with words, provide better customer service and feel more comfortable speaking in public. We can also teach you how to work in a team or group setting.

Chunks of Learning

We provide a number of courses in ‘chunks’. These include basic computer skills, Microsoft Office software, essay writing, Learners’ Permit preparation, grammar, goal setting, dictionary use, mechanical reasoning and more.


Throughout the year, we offer a number of workshops ranging from portfolio creation to budgeting to customer service.

Contact Us

Learn more about our free services by email essentialskillywca@mymts.net, by phone 204-677-5016 or drop by to Steps to Success, YWCA Thompson, Basement Classroom, 39 Nickel Road. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Funding for Steps to Success is provided by the Government of Manitoba

Workplace Essential Skills

Do you know what the nine workplace essential skills are?  Do you know how they can help you succeed in the workplace?  To learn about workplace essential skills, call us at 204-677-5016.

9 Essential Skills
GED 2018
February Classes

February Classes

In February, in addition to the individual classes offered to people wanting to improve their literacy skills, Steps to Success is offering the following FREE training opportunities:

Learners’ Permit Prep, Thursdays, Feb. 1-22, 10:00-12:00

Keyboarding, Fridays, 9:00-3:00

Microsoft Office Word, Feb. 5-8, 1:00-3:00

Upskills: Workplace Attitudes, Feb. 12, 1:00-3:00

Upskills: Accountability, Feb. 10 10:00-12:00

Upskills: Motivation, Feb. 13, 1:00-3:00

Publisher: Business Cards, Feb. 14, 10:00-12:00

Excel, Feb. 20-23, 1:00-3:00

GED Math Review, Feb. 26– Mar. 2, 9:00-3:00

We also continue to provide our Learning Lunches sessions on weekdays, 12:10-12:50:

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: Job Search Skills

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Conversational English

If you or someone you know is interested in any of the free training we provide, please contact us at 204-677-5016, or drop in and see us in the basement of the YWCA.

In March, in addition to Adult Literacy, Workplace Essential Skills Training, GED Tutoring and Upgrading, offered on an individual basis around your schedule and your needs, Steps to Success is also offering:

Keyboarding, Fridays, 9:00-3:00

Learners’ Permit Prep Mar. 5 - 9, 1:00-3:00

Punctuation Workshop, Mar. 12, 9:00-3:00

Spelling Tips, Mar. 13, 9:00-3:00

GED Essay Writing Workshop, Mar. 14, 9:00-3:00

Customer Service Workshop, Mar. 15, 9:00-3:00

Problem Solving, Mar. 16, 1:00-3:00

PowerPoint, March 20, 10:00-3:00

Word Workshop, March 21, 9:00-3:00

Excel Workshop, March 22, 9:00-3:00

Basic Computer, Mondays, March 19-April 30, 10:00-12:00 (No class April 2)

Time Management, Mar. 26, 1:00-3:00

Communicating in the Workplace, Mar. 27, 9:00-3:00

Teamwork, Mar. 28, 9:00-3:00

Adapting to Change, Mar. 29, 9:00-12:00


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: Job Search Skills

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Conversational English 


If you are interested in any of the free training offered at Steps to Success, please contact us at 204-677-5016, or drop in and see us in the basement of the YWCA.  Please note that while the YWCA front lobby is under construction access to the Steps to Success classroom is through the dining room side door (closest to Nickel Road).

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