The YWCA is holding Steps to Success this September, which is a month full of free essential skills training. Cat Cogle spoke to the Thompson Chamber of Commerce about the program Aug. 5. “In September we have essential skills for employment. This one is a brand new curriculum, that has just been developed, and we’re looking for feedback from employers. Because it’s in the development stage we can add to our curriculum. If there’s certain things you’re noticing in the workplace that you would like addressed, we can address those in training.”
Cogle gave examples of time management or workplace attitudes.
The idea behind getting employers’ feedback about the program started because the YWCA wants to know what the issues are in the working field, and how they can help improve them, and see more people be hired.
The training can be for people looking to get a job, or a current employee who needs to brush up on some essential skills to better fit their position. Some of the skills participants will be receiving are computer skills, workplace skills, communication skills and job search skills.
In October the Thompson Hospitality Training will be taking place. This is more of a job-specific training, and will be focused on line cooks and front desk agents this year. Cogle says they choose certain positions based on the need in Thompson and job postings.
Cogle says they’re also hoping to include a job shadowing aspect to the course, and are looking for employers who would like to take part. As well they will be doing certification like WHMIS and first aid.
Thompson Chamber of Commerce president Keith MacDonald says this is a great program, but a great program can’t happen if there aren’t people willing to take part.
Cogle says the YWCA staff will be visiting different employers to get feedback about what is needed for the essential skills for employment, and Cogle noted that any business could contact the YWCA with tips and information.
The program starts Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. and will be held at the YWCA.