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UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability and life skills through free downloadable resources and online courses. The topics align with the Skills for Success model and include:

  • Skills for Work & Life
  • Motivation
  • Attitude
  • Accountability
  • Presentation
  • Collaboration
  • Time Management
  • Adaptability
  • Stress Management
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Digital
  • Problem Solving
  • Confidence
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation

The program is designed for flexible delivery in community learning centres, workplaces and homes to ensure that UP Skills for Work is accessible to everyone.

Introducing: Get Started Series

A new series of 10 workbooks with adapted content from the original UP Skills for Work series. These workbooks are written and designed specifically for adult learners at a grade 2-4 reading level.

People With Diverse Abilities

A new series of two workbooks and two online courses with adapted content from the original UP Skills for Work series. The resources are adapted to best meet the needs of learners with various intellectual, verbal, physical and nonphysical capabilities.

Topics include:

Why are employability and life skills important?

Employability skills help workers to be adaptable and motivated throughout their whole employment and as they move into new roles or careers. Life skills are the foundational skills needed for learning and success in work and life. In other words, these skills lay the foundation for a strong and flexible workforce and for happy, fulfilled citizens. 

How does the program work?

UP Skills for Work is all about what works for your learners. That means host organizations choose when and where workshops happen.

Workshops are delivered by your staff and take approximately 60 to 90 minutes each. Up Skills for Work is completely introductory, so you don’t need to have a lot of knowledge on the topics to deliver workshops.

Who can use UP Skills for Work resources?

  • Libraries
  • First Nations centres
  • Seniors centres
  • ESL programs
  • Colleges & universities
  • Hospitals
  • Parenting programs
  • Employment centres
  • Health centres
  • High schools
  • Youth support programs
  • Disability support programs
  • Workplaces
  • … and more!

Want to improve your employability and life skills?


“Thank you for producing such lovely and easy to use materials.” – Practitioner

“The materials were comprehensive and provided opportunities for interactive-style learning where participants were part of the process.” – Practitioner

“Many of the workshops we hosted for UP Skills for Work opened up the conversation about mental health and wellness, which I think is very important to take care of.” – Practitioner

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UP Skills for Work was developed with support from founding sponsor Canada Life.