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ABC Life Literacy Canada adds three new workshops to its UP Skills for Work program

In honour of the 10th annual Essential Skills Day, ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) has added three additional workshops to its UP Skills for Work employability skills program on the topics of Stress Management, Adaptability and Confidence.

The program aims to help develop the key employability skills that employers look for when hiring. These soft skills help workers to be adaptable and motivated throughout their whole employment and as they move into new roles or careers.

The three new workshops join six existing workshops on Attitude, Accountability, Motivation, Teamwork, Presentation and Time Management. As with all previous workshops, each is supported with a workbook that practitioners can use to help guide their facilitation. Workbooks are also available online for free download.

Adaptability workbook

UP Skills for Work is a free program and workshops can be run by anyone from literacy organizations and employment centres to colleges, universities and workplaces. Since 2017, over 1,200 workshops have been run across Canada and over 14,000 learners have increased their employability skills as a result. UP Skills for Work is supported by founding sponsor Canada Life.

“We’re so excited to release these three additional workshops because we know these skills are important for workers,” said Mack Rogers, Executive Director of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “In the last two years we’ve received great feedback from the community about the UP Skills for Work program, and we’re pleased to provide more great resources to help Canadians improve their employability skills.”

UP Skills for Work Stress Management Workbook


In addition to the new workbooks, ABC has also released a 30-second video showcasing learners who have participated in the program. Participants Amanda and Peter speak about how they found the program helpful in boosting their confidence for job interviews, and giving them the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Workshop hosts can access the video for free to help promote their program.

“Canada Life supports initiatives such as ABC Life Literacy Canada and UP Skills for Work that help communities and individuals reach their potential, every day. By supporting ABC Life Literacy Canada and UP Skills for Work, we’re supporting Canadians as they seek new employment and advance their careers,” said Debbie Down, Director, Community Relations at Canada Life. “Stress management and adaptation skills can build confidence, which is important for success in all jobs. Having free access to work on these skills can make a positive impact in a person’s well-being.”

Confidence skills workbook


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