UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks. The topics covered are:

MOTIVATION: Wanting to do something. It can also mean wanting to do something really well. 

ATTITUDE: How you show your thoughts or feelings through your words and actions.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Owning your actions, both the good and the bad.

PRESENTATION: How you look and sound to other people.

TEAMWORK: Working well with other people. It’s also about treating people kindly.

TIME MANAGEMENT: Making decisions about how you spend your time.

ADAPTABILITY: How you react to change. 

STRESS MANAGEMENT: How you let stress affect your work, life and relationships.

CONFIDENCE: Believing in yourself—in what you can do now, and in what you can learn to do tomorrow.

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.

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, these skills lay the foundation for a strong and flexible workforce and for happy, fulfilled citizens.

These nine skills, identified by Futureworx, a Canadian non-profit at the forefront in developing soft skills programming, are the ones that learners require most to find and succeed in their employment.

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.

To participate, simply sign up online to host a workshop. Once booked, your regional representative will be in touch to coordinate your Up Skills for Work workshops and ship all workshop materials directly to your organization. Download free softcopies of the workbooks.

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 run a workshop?

  • 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!

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
Christopher Hindle
Benjamin Lecker, Employment and Social Development Canada
Russell McNally, Canada Life
Rycke Miyalou, La Clé d’la Baie
Matthew Shulman, Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network

Ready to host a workshop?

Want to improve your employability 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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