UP Skills for Work

UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability and life skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks. The program focusses on key skills such as Motivation, Attitude, Accountability, Time Management, Reading, Numeracy, and Confidence. These skills help workers to be adaptable and motivated throughout their whole employment and as they move into new roles or careers. They lay the foundation for a strong and flexible workforce and for happy, fulfilled citizens.

Workplace Literacy in Canada

  • Six in 10 workers will require training before 2027, but only half of workers are seen to have access to adequate training opportunities today. The highest priority for skills training from 2023-2027 is analytical thinking, which is set to account for 10% of training initiatives, on average. The second priority for workforce development is to promote creative thinking, which will be the subject of 8% of upskilling initiatives. (The Future of Jobs Report – World Economic Forum, 2023)
  • Post-pandemic, Canada has faced persistent labour and skills shortages across most regions, sectors and occupations: 80% of major employers are having trouble finding skilled workers. At the same time, employers play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of upskilling initiatives for their existing workforces. Further, it has been shown that technical-oriented training interventions are most successful when they are paired with non-technical skills training. (2023 State of Skills: Effective employer engagement in skills development – From rhetoric to solutions – Future Skills Centre, 2023)

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“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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The UP Skills for Work program is delivered in communities across Canada.

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