Skills Training & Upgrading

Take the Step to Build Your Future!

The YWCA Skills Training and Upgrading program appreciates the strength it takes to return to training.

We recognize your current skills and will assist you in planning your next steps!  We’ll make it a comfortable learning experience and will help you meet your goals.

Build your employability skills

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Be confident to apply for jobs

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Upgrade for credits or for the GED

Learn new computer skills

Sharpen skills for Apprenticeship Training

Build Your Skills in Manufacturing & Construction

We are offering this FREE course through our Skills Training & Upgrading program where you can:

– Explore apprenticeship possibilities
– Reading, writing, and document use skills
– Math skills directly related to manufacturing and construction
– Soft skills-key to maintaining employment and succeeding in your career

AND SO MUCH MORE!

October 4 – November 4
Mondays – Thursdays from 1-4 pm

Registration required by September 23, 2021. Call today! (519) 631-9800

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We’re here to help you!

Full-time and part-time Skills Training & Upgrading Classes in St Thomas and Aylmer
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

FALL 2021 classes to begin September 13

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin building

St Thomas

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
16 Mary St. West

(519) 631-9800

Aylmer office new location

Aylmer

(Former site of Aylmer Mennonite Community Store)

20 Talbot Street East
Aylmer, ON, N5H 1H4

(226) 210-6800 *NEW

Get started today!

For information or to learn more about the registration process for one of our programs, please call us in St.Thomas at (519) 631-9800, in Aylmer at (226) 210-6800 or complete the form below.

Please note inquiries will be reviewed within 2-3 business days.

Recent News

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New Executive Director Announced

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