Skills Development Centre

The Skills Development Centre (SDC) specializes in strength-based programs and embeds social innovation into Community Economic Development (CED) work. We are committed to building sustainable futures primarily for women, communities and organizations.

We offer a continuum of programs and services that range from Career Management to Leadership programs – assets that are the building blocks for your future.

  • Career Planning and Employability Skills Assessment

  • Career Assessment and Planning (individualized service)

  • Essential Skills for Building Sustainable Futures

  • Moving On To Success

Academic Upgrading
Literacy and Essential Skills Program and/or GED preparation

Pre-Employment Services Employment Focus
Employment Essentials Program

Computer Training Computer Training Series
MS Office Intermediate & Advanced Workshops
Computer Training for Employment

Occupational Skills Training
Administrative Clerk Certificate Program

Professional Business/Administration
Professional Office Administration Series
Customer Service Training

  • Job Finding Club

  • Job Search and Networking Workshops

  • Recruitment and Placement services

  • Job coaching, Mentoring, and Retention Services

  • Life Skills Coach Training - (train-the-trainer)

  • Personality Dimensions - Level 1 (train-the-trainer)

  • Leadership through Facilitation 101

  • Discovering Life Skills English (Volumes 1–9)

  • Discovering Life Skills French (Volumes 1, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Other Resources (Action Manual for Group Activities)

  • LinksToJobs Employer Services

  • Workforce development

  • Customized Training and Solutions for Teams and Organizations

  • Program Development and Consultation

  • Essential Skills for Employment – A National Initiative

  • Community Development Services

SDC offers non-vocational programs that do not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.

All programs and services are open to women and some are open to men. Participants can register for programs and services by themselves or be referred by other organizations. The cost of attending some of the training programs in Toronto could be subsidized by YWCA Toronto or paid by the referring agency — Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Employment Ontario (EO).

Please refer to the SDC Schedule & Resistration Form for details on courses and dates.

YWCA Toronto Skills Development Centre
416.269.0091 x231

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