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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
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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.

March Classes

We have some exciting free training opportunities coming up at Steps to Success.

In March, Steps to Success will be offering a NEW program called MEDIA SMARTS.  The program offers eight modules dealing with online safety.   Classes include: 

Discover Online Basics

Explore Online Basics

Discover Online Safety

Explore Digital Parenting

Explore Online Privacy

Navigate Online Privacy and Security

Explore Online Shopping and Entertainment

Navigate Online Information

Take one, some, or all of the modules to improve your digital knowledge.Four of the modules will be available in March with the other four offered in April.Bring your own device (cell phone/tablet/laptop), or practice with one of ours. 

Registration is now open for the ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT program running April 20 to June 26.  The 10-week program includes:

Asset Mapping

Workplace Softskills 

Workplace Essential Skills


First Aid

Safe Food Handling

Customer Service

Money Matters

Volunteer Opportunities

Computer Skills

Portfolio Development

Job Search Skills. . . and more

Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

As always, we continue to offer provide Adult Literacy, Workplace Essential Skills Training, GED Tutoring and Upgrading, offered on an individual basis, as well as our monthly Chunks of Learning classes, which in March include:   


Internet Job Search Skills, Mar. 2, 9:00-12:00

Résumé Writing, Mar. 3, 9:00-12:00

Writing Cover Letters, Mar. 5, 9:00-12:00

Interview Skills, Mar. 6, 9:00-12:00

Excel, Mar. 9, 9:00-3:00

PowerPoint, Mar. 10, 10:00-3:00

Publisher—Posters, Mar. 12, 10:00-12:00

Word, Mar. 13, 9:00-3:00


Mar. 23, 10:00-12:00 Discover Online Basics

Mar. 24, 10:00-12:00 Explore Online Basics

Mar 25, 1000-12:00 Discover Online Safety

Mar. 26, 10:00-12:00 Explore Digital Parenting

Learners’ Permit Prep, Mar. 23, 24, 26 & 27, 1:00-3:00 


Adapting to Change, Mar. 11, 9:00-3:00

Communicating in the Workplace, Mar. 25, 9:00-3:00

Conflict Resolution, Mar. 18, 9:00-3:00

Workplace Attitudes, Mar. 4, 9:00-12:00

Anyone interested in any of the FREE courses that we offer, can phone us at 204-677-5016, or can visit us in the basement of the YWCA Thompson.

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Feaured Items

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Attention Men: Strut your stuff and help stop violence against women. More info

Women of Distinction

Honouring women whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of Manitoba communities North of the 53rd parallel.More info

National Day of Action on Violence Against Women & Children

Take Action! More info