Education & Training

“Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire” – William Butler Yeats

Learning is a never-ending journey; one that can take you wherever you want to go. By building literacy, life and social skills, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge that can lead to better grades and job opportunities, and for all of us, a better future for our community.

YMCA Employment Services, Community Initiatives, and Health, Fitness & Aquatics offer workshops, tutorials and training designed and proven to help clients with job search and career decision making, financial planning, youth awareness and health and safety. Read descriptions below and click the red button below each course to learn more, find upcoming dates and times, or register now.


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Meet with an Employment Advisor in your community

YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Employment Services

YMCA Employment Advisors travel across the area to help job seekers with their job search. Call 519-371-9222 to book an appointment in your community.

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Resumes & Cover Letters

Rockin’ Resumes​

This course will teach you the purpose of resumes, various formats and when each is effective, design elements and what to include on a resume.

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Food Industry

Smart Serve​

Prepare for positions in the hospitality industry by learning the safe and responsible way of serving alcohol.

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Youth Awareness

Surfing Safely

This important program helps students develop proper social etiquette, good citizenship and critical thinking skills when it relates to meeting people, sharing information and socializing through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and any other social media networks.

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Job Search

The Job Seeker’s Pep Talk

Feeling discouraged in your job search? This pep talk includes tips and tricks for staying motivated, and reminds you that you are only “one piece of the puzzle.”

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Resumes & Cover Letters

Uncovering Your Hidden Talents

Transferable skills are great to include on your resume when making a career change, as a recent graduate with minimal work experience, or when looking for your first job. Find out what transferable skills you have.

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Youth Awareness

Youth Leadership Development

This 5 week L.I.T. program promotes development of leadership through team based activities and workshop formats. The participants will focus on goal setting and communication skills.

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