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.
SDC offers non-vocational programs that do not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.
What does this program offer?
Personal and Career Management Services
- Career Planning and Employability Skills Assessment
- Career Assessment and Planning (individualized service)
- Essential Skills for Building Sustainable Futures
Essential Skills and Employability Skills Training
- 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 Readiness and Placement Services
- Job Finding Club
- Job Search and Networking Workshops
- Recruitment and Placement services
- Job coaching, Mentoring, and Retention Services
Professional Development Services and Training Resources
- 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)
Leadership and Business Services
- 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
Who is this program for?
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).
When?Please see training schedule for details on courses and dates
Who do I contact?
Skills Development Centre
This program has been supported with a grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation and its partners.