About

UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks. Three workbooks will be introduced each year on the topics of:

Motivation
Attitude
Accountability
Presentation
Teamwork

Time Management
Adaptability
Stress Management
Confidence

Why are Soft Skills important?

Soft skills help workers to be adaptable and motivated throughout their whole employment and as they move into new roles or careers. In other words, they lay the foundation for a strong and flexible workforce and for happy, fulfilled workers.

UP Skills for Work focuses on 9 key employability skills that hiring managers look for. These skills were identified by Futureworx, a Canadian non-profit at the forefront in developing soft skills programming.

Nine Employability Skills

Motivation
The desire to set and achieve high standards on the job.

Attitude
The way an individual shows or expresses their feelings about a person, work activity, event or idea.

Accountability
The ability to admit mistakes and accept responsibility – honest and ethical self monitoring.

Presentation
The way a person appears to others including how they dress, hygiene, manners, and language.

Teamwork
The ability to work in a group, including managing conflict, communicating clearly, and being considerate and respectful of differences.

Time Management
A person’s ability to set and follow priorities, schedule time, and stay on task – including meeting and communicating on deadlines.

Adaptability
The ability to react positively to both expected and unexpected changes in the workplace – taking responsibility to change and adjust, including working with others.

Stress Management
The ability to experience workplace stress, without impacting performance or coworkers – includes managing personal stress and seeking help as needed.

Confidence
A belief in one’s own ability, and being able to express one’s perspective.

UP Skills for Work Steering Committee

We are so appreciative of the invaluable feedback and insight from the Steering Committee who is helping to develop the UP Skills for Work program:

Paul Brinkhurst, Futureworx
Olive Crane, Government of PEI
Russell McNally, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Shareef Korah, Employment and Social Development Canada
Christopher Hindle, Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society
Stephanie Rae, La Clé d’la Baie
Matthew Schulman, Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network
Qaiser Khan, YWCA Toronto

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