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


Be confident to apply for jobs


Upgrade for credits or for the GED

Learn new computer skills

Sharpen skills for Apprenticeship Training

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 12:00 pm

September 11, 2023 – June 20, 2024

Intro to Computers

Sept 18 – Oct 5, 2023
St.Thomas classes: Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Aylmer classes: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00pm

Learn basic computer skills such as:

  • Getting familiar with a computer
  • Using email
  • Browsing the internet
  • Managing files
  • Using features of Microsoft Windows

No experience necessary. Bring your own laptop or use one that is provided.

Advanced registration required. Contact Jayla at


Retail Trade and Hospitality

Oct 23 – Nov 10, 2023
St.Thomas classes: Monday to Friday from 1:00 – 3:00pm

Prepare for a career in retail and hospitality!

  • Learn and practice document use
  • Measurements
  • Money math
  • Enhance your employment readiness

Advanced registration required. Contact Nicole at

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Digitally Safe and Strong Project

1 Hour Classes/4 Sessions

St. Thomas Senior’s Centre:
Personal and Private Information Online (Oct 3, 11am)
Email Basics (Oct 5, 11am)
Social Media (Oct 10, 11am)
Online Shopping (Oct 12, 11am)

Port Stanley Library:
Apps and Icons on My Phone/Tablet (Oct 19, 10am)
Social Media (Oct 26, 10am)
Online Shopping (Nov 2, 10am)
Online Calendars (Nov 9, 10am)

The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin is offering Computer Classes at the St. Thomas Senior’s Centre and Port Stanley Library throughout October and November. Learn computer skills in a hands-on, supportive setting.

Bring your own device or request a laptop to use during the session.

Funded by the Government of Canada

Advanced registration required. To sign up for a session of four classes, contact either the Seniors’ Centre or the Port Stanley Library. 

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YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin building

St Thomas

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
16 Mary St. West

(519) 631-9800

Aylmer office new location


(Former site of Aylmer Mennonite Community Store)

20 Talbot Street East
Aylmer, ON, N5H 1H4

(226) 210-6800

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Ontario.

Employment Ontario

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.

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