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Steps to Success

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 2020
January Poster

January Training

In January, 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:

Learners’ Permit Prep, Jan. 6-10, 1:00-3:00

Fractions Workshop, Jan. 13, 10:00-3:00

PowerPoint, Jan. 14, 10:00-3:00

Microsoft Office Word, Jan. 16, 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 10:00-12:00

Using APA, Jan. 17, 1:00-3:00

Decimals Workshop, Jan. 20, 10:00-3:00

Excel, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4 & 11, 1:00-3:00

Creating an APA Template using Word, Jan. 24, 1:00-3:00

Percentages Workshop, Jan. 27, 10:00-3:00

Proposal Writing, Jan. 31, 9:00-3:00

LEARNING LUNCHES: 12:10-12:50 

Note: No Learning Lunches Jan. 2 & 3

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: Job Search Skills

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Conversational English 


Teamwork, Jan. 8, 9:00-12:00

Adapting to Change, Jan. 15, 9:00-3:00

Communicating in the Workplace, Jan. 22, 9:00-3:00

Conflict Resolution, Jan. 29, 9:00-3:00


If you, or someone you know is interested in the free training we offer, please contact us at 204-677-5016.

February flyer

Free Workshops in February

In February, 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:

 Order of Operations Workshop, Feb. 3, 9:00-3:00

 Essay Writing, Feb. 7, 9:00-12:00

 Working with Angles, Feb. 10, 10:00-3:00

 Publisher—Brochures, Feb. 13, 9:00-12:00

 Writing Formal/Business Letters, Feb. 14, 9:00-12:00

 PowerPoint, Feb. 18, 10:00-3:00

 Publisher—Business Cards, Feb. 20, 10:00-12:00

 Proposal Writing, Feb. 21, 9:00-3:00

 Internet Job Search Skills, Feb. 24, 9:00-12:00

 Résumé Writing, Feb. 25, 9:00-12:00

 Writing Cover Letters, Feb. 27, 9:00-12:00

 Interview Skills, Feb. 28, 9:00-12:00

 LEARNING LUNCHES: 12:10-12:50

 Note, there will be no learning lunches Feb. 24—28

 Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: Job Search Skills

 Tuesdays & Thursdays: Conversational English


 Customer Service, Feb. 5, 9:00-3:00

 Teamwork, Feb. 12, 9:00-12:00

 Time Management 9:00-12:00

 Problem Solving, Feb. 26, 10:00-12:00

 If you are interested in any of the FREE training we offer, please contact us at 204-677-5016.

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