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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
UCN Guest Speaker

The remaining 2018 testing dates for the GED (General Educational Development) are:


NOVEMBER 22 & 23

The two-day GED test is written at UCN, but registration and payment is made through Adult Learning and Literacy (phone 1-800-853-7402). Please register four weeks in advance. Tests may be cancelled if not enough people are registered. Registration forms available on-line, or at Steps to Success. Current cost for the GED test is $75.00 (subject to change).

If you are interested in writing the GED, you may first wish to write a free practice test at the Assessment Centre, Room 111 at the YWCA Thompson. Phone 204-778-1208 to book an appointment.

Steps to Success can help you prepare for the GED test with free personalized tutoring to suit the needs of the individual. Phone us at 204-677-5016, or come and see us in the basement of the YWCA Thompson.

Registration forms are available at Steps to Success, or contact:

Adult Learning and Literacy 


Room 362, 340-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6C2

Telephone: 1-204-726-6338 Toll-free: 1-800-853-7402 or 1-800-262-3930

Web site: www.gov.mb.ca/all

GED Fall 2018

October Training Opportunities

We have some exciting FREE training available in October.  In addition to Adult Literacy, Workplace Essential Skills Training, GED Tutoring and Upgrading, Steps to Success is pleased to be offering ABC Canada's UpSkills workshops in October.  Steps to Success is also offering some evening classes in October:  Basic Computer, Excel, and Learners' Permit Prep.  

The October schedule includes:

Goal Setting, Oct. 2, 9:00-3:00

Upskills Teamwork, Oct. 22, 10:00-12:00

Upskills Time Management, Oct. 22, 1:00-3:00

Upskills Presentation, Oct. 23, 10:00-12:00

Upskills Attitude, Oct. 23, 1:00-3:00

Upskills Motivation, Oct. 24, 10:00-12:00

Upskills Accountability, Oct. 24, 1:00-3:00

Intro to Computers, October 26, 1:00-3:00

Email, Oct. 29, 9:00-12:00

Internet, Oct. 29, 1:00-3:00

Word, Oct. 30, 9:00-3:00

Evening classes:

Basic Computer, Oct. 1-5, 6:00-8:00

Excel, October 9 & 11 6:00-9:00

Learners’ Permit Prep Oct. 23, 25, 30 & Nov. 1, 6:00-8:00


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: Job Search Skills

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Conversational English

Workplace Wednesdays:

Attitudes 9:00-12:00, Oct. 3

Adapting to Change 9:00-3:00 Oct. 10

Communicating in the Workplace 9:00-3:00, Oct. 24

Teamwork 9:00-12:00, Oct. 31

If you, or someone you know is interested in FREE training, please phone 204-677-5016, or visit us in the basement of the YWCA Thompson. 

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November Classes at Steps to Success

Register today for FREE training!

In November, 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:

Excel, Nov. 1, 9:00-3:00

PowerPoint, Nov. 2, 9:00-3:00

Money Matters, Nov. 5 & 6, 9:00-3:00

Learners’ Permit Prep, Nov. 8, 9, 15 & 16, 1:00-3:00

Publisher—Calendars, Nov. 13, 9:00-12:00

Cell Phone Use, Nov. 19, 9:00-12:00

Social Media, Nov. 22, 9:00-12:00

Proposal Writing, Nov. 22, 9:00-12:00

Basic Computer, Nov. 26, 27, 29 & 30, 1:00-3:00


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: Job Search Skills

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Conversational English

Workplace Wednesdays:

Customer Service 9:00-3:00, Nov. 7

Adapting to Change 9:00-3:00, Nov. 14

Problem Solving 1:00-3:00, Nov. 21

Communicating in the Workplace 9:00-3:00, Nov. 28

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