Teamwork, Time Management, and Presentation Workshops Highlight ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Celebration of Essential Skills Day

(Toronto, ON – September 20, 2018) Today marks the 9th annual Essential Skills Day, a day set aside to raise awareness of the nine essential skills and the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. In celebration of Essential Skills Day, ABC Life Literacy Canada has released three new workshops to add to the UP Skills for Work employability skills program.

The UP Skills for Work program focuses on the nine key employability skills that hiring managers look for. These skills help workers be more adaptable and motivated in their current roles and as they move into new roles. The nine employability skills include: Attitude, Accountability, Motivation, Teamwork, Presentation, Time Management, Stress Management, Adaptability, and Confidence.

Last year on Essential Skills Day, ABC Life Literacy Canada – with the support of founding sponsors Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life – launched UP Skills for Work with workshops on the topics of Attitude, Accountability and Motivation. The program was designed to help learners develop key employability skills to enable them to become adaptable in rapidly changing workplace environments. In the past year, over 300 UP Skills for Work workshops were delivered across Canada, helping over 4,400 learners increase their employability skills.

“We are thrilled by the extraordinary success of the first year of the UP Skills for Work program,” said ABC Executive Director Mack Rogers. “In consultation with our community partners, we identified a need for employability skills training for those seeking employment as well as those currently employed. Through UP Skills for Work, Canadians are building their employability skills helping them to become more confident and resilient in their jobs.”

ABC Life Literacy is pleased to introduce French workshops and resources as well as the release of the next three workshops in the UP Skills for Work program: Teamwork, Presentation and the highly anticipated Time Management. Also, new this year, with support from the Government of Canada through the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, 15 employer partners will have the opportunity to host UP Skills for Work workshops for their staff this fall, delivered by expert facilitators.

“In its first year, the UP Skills for Work program has helped Canadians build their employability skills, allowing them to thrive and be more successful in the workplace,” said Debbie Down, Director, Community Relations, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. “We’re proud to be a founding sponsor of this initiative and look forward to continuing to build stronger communities through these new workshops.”

We anticipate another eventful year of UP Skills for Work and look forward to connecting with community organizations and workplaces across Canada to deliver workshops. In 2019, three additional workshops will be added to the series: Adaptability, Confidence, and another hot button issue, Stress Management.

To find out more about UP Skills for Work, to sign up to host a workshop, or to access free resources, visit upskillsforwork.ca

About ABC Life Literacy Canada
ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy and essential skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. We envision a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy please visit www.abclifeliteracy.ca, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook page.

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Great-West Life is a leading Canadian insurer, focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. For more than 125 years, our customers across Canada have trusted us to provide for their financial security needs and deliver on the promises we have made. Together with our subsidiaries London Life and Canada Life, we serve the financial security needs of 13 million people across Canada.

As an Imagine Caring Company supporting the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, our companies contribute at least one per cent of pre-tax profit in support of the communities where our employees and customers live and work. In 2017, we contributed $13.5 million to communities. To learn more, visit greatwestlife.com.

For more information, please contact:

Ana Oliveira
Director of Marketing, Communications and Development
ABC Life Literacy Canada
416-218-0010 x121
aoliveira@abclifeliteracy.ca

Tim Oracheski
Director, Media and Public Relations
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
204-946-8961
tim.oracheski@gwl.ca