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
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.

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 Shulman, Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network
Qaiser Khan, YWCA Toronto

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