Free training for in-demand jobs includes job placements

If you’re seeking employment or wanting to make a career change, this is an opportune time as Covid-19/lockdowns have created job openings/employee shuffle, adding to pre-existing workforce shortages in specific industries. To address these employee shortages, Tri-County Literacy Council is offering three new (free) programs for adult job seekers 19+:

  • If you enjoy interacting with others and a flexible work schedule, a Cashier position might be for you (6-week program starts September 6)
  • If you like the idea of always having cash and not taking work home, consider a career as a Food and Beverage Server (6-week program starts September 12)
  • The transportation industry shortages offer many opportunities such as Truck Driver, Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Truck Mechanic, Route and Crew Scheduler, Shipper, Shipping Supervisor, and Truck Loader (5-week program starts October 24)

In these pilot programs, participants practice essential skills while learning about the specific topic chosen. To augment learning, industry guest speakers share their expertise with students. Successful completion of the program will result in job placements.

“These new essential skills training programs are made possible thanks to Ontario’s Skills Development Fund” says Dina McGowan, Executive Director.Run by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, the more than $200 million Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

All persons are welcome to apply, including those with self-identified disabilities (ex: anxiety, depression, etc.). For more information, call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161. Seats are limited.

Microsoft Word training being offered

Are you looking to create professional-quality documents? Tri-County Literacy Council is offering a free Microsoft Word class. This is a popular word processing / desktop publishing program that enables you to format documents such as:

  • letters;
  • resumes;
  • reports;
  • posters;
  • and more

Take advantage of free, quality instruction guided and supported by a knowledgeable instructor and experienced classroom assistants.

This 5-week certificate program runs Monday to Thursday 1pm to 4pm, starting May 30, 2022. For more information or to register, call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161.

In person basic computer training starts soon

Tri-County Literacy Council is happy to announce we are once again offering our popular Basic Computer class, as we have returned to in person training.

Learn to perform basic computer tasks – Computer Use being 1 of the 9 Essential Skills identified by the Government of Canada, as necessary for success at work, home and play. Topics include:

  • Using a mouse
  • Keyboarding for Touch Typing
  • Understanding the desktop
  • Saving files
  • Browsing the World Wide Web safely
  • Discovering fun online resources

This is a certificate program.

Class starts TUESDAY, April 26, 2022. Thereafter, class runs Monday to Thursday 9 am to 12 pm for 5 weeks. For more information or to register, call 613-932-7161. SPACE IS LIMITED.

FREE Daycare Worker training starts Monday, April 11th

Tri-County Literacy Council’s mission is to help adults in our community develop skills to be successful in the workplace. On April 11, 2022, we will offer FREE in-person Daycare Worker training. The 6-week program will run Monday to Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. allowing the possibility for students to connect with each other and network with individuals in the field. Topics of study will include:

  • Children’s developmental stages
  • Behavioral issues
  • Meal and lesson planning
  • Daycare rules and regulations
  • Children’s rights

Students will also benefit from meeting a variety of guest speakers in the field such as a local dietician, early years specialists, and a guidance counsellor to explore further educational opportunities. A representative from the City of Cornwall will explain how to start a home daycare centre.

Tina Lauzon, a previous student from the program, mentioned This is a great opportunity to help you prepare for a job and to learn valuable knowledge of the field… It’s a fun learning environment and the people make you feel welcome. This training also made me aware of other community programs and offers, as well as how to go about opening my own home daycare.”

To register for this innovative training, call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161.

Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Class

Do you like to work outdoors? Tri-County Literacy Council is offering a free 5-week Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance certificate program. Practice Essential Skills while you learn about this popular field. Attend a site visit and meet guest speakers who will share their expertise.

Get a head start and earn your certificate in time for the spring hiring season (video).

Class runs Monday to Thursday 9 am to 12 pm for 5 weeks, starting March 21st.

For more information or to register, call 613-932-7161.

Free online class: YouTube for Fun or Profit

Starts: January 25, 2022
Requirements: computer (with camera and microphone), Internet, email, and basic computer skills
Phone: 613-932-7161
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KHtlJ8MTmA

If you’re looking to:

  • promote your talent or skills,
  • advertise your products or services,
  • learn to make money online, or
  • stay in touch with loved ones (privately)

You Tube can help you achieve this. This free online video-sharing platform is one of the most popular content formats regularly shared on Social Media. As the world heads online and sales surge during this Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic, take advantage of this free, valuable resource for financial gain. Or, learn how to create private videos to stay in touch with family and friends.

This online course is taught via Zoom (a free, easy-to-use online platform).

Course starts TUESDAY January 25, 2022 thereafter class runs Monday to Thursday 1:30pm to 3:30pm for 4 weeks.

FREE online training: Email 101

Would you like to learn to use the more advanced features of email? If you tend to only reply to messages or send basic correspondence, this course is for you. In this free online training program, you will learn to:
  • Maintain an address book
  • Use a calendar
  • Create tasks
  • Draft messages
  • Format messages
  • Use cc and bcc
  • Include hyperlinks in your messages
  • Create an electronic signature
  • Add attachments
  • Create folders to keep mail organized
  • Follow proper etiquette & safe practices

This online course (certificate program) is taught via Zoom (an easy-to-use online platform). If you have access to a computer (with camera and microphone), an Internet connection, a Microsoft Account (ex: Outlook.com or Hotmail email etc.) and basic computer skills, this training is for you.

Class runs Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 am for 4 weeks, starting November 15, 2021. For more information or to register, call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161.

Free Communication Class

Communication is an essential part of life. People have different ideas and beliefs. At times, it can be impossible to come to an agreement. Communication can bring forth positive change and new ideas. Communication can also lead to conflict that damages relationships at home or at work. This training helps adults improve their communication skills in a safe learning environment. In this program, we explore topics such as assertiveness, dealing with conflict and difficult people, anger, and so much more. Benefit from guest speakers.

This 5-week training program starts Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (due to Monday’s statutory holiday) from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. From then on, the course runs Monday to Thursday. For more information or to register, call 613-932-7161. Seats are limited.

Free Basic Computer Course

There are a couple of seats left in the 4-week Basic Computer course that starts this Monday, September 20th. Class runs Monday to Thursday 9am to 11:30am. For more information or to apply, call 613-932-7161 ASAP.

Free Landscaping Class

Do you like to work outside? Tri-County Literacy Council is offering a free 4-week Landscaping course. Participants practice Essential Skills while learning about this position, meet guest speakers and attend a site visit. This certificate program starts August 16, 2021. Class runs Monday to Thursday 9am to 12pm for 4 weeks. For more information or to register, call 613-932-7161.