UP Skills for Work

UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks. The program focusses on the 9 key employability skills that hiring managers look for, including Motivation, Attitude, Accountability, Presentation, Teamwork, Time Management, Adaptability, Stress Management, and Confidence. These soft 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 workers.

Workplace Literacy in Canada

  • Canadian employers spent, on average, $889 per employee on learning and development in 2016–17, an increase of $89 per employee since 2014-15. The average number of hours of learning per employee per year is also on the rise, increasing from 25 hours in 2010 to 32 hours in 2016–17 Learning Cultures Lead the Way: Learning and Development Outlook—14th Edition, Conference Board of Canada, 2018).
  • Investment in workplace literacy also leads to cost savings from reduced errors and waste (UPSKILL Health – Technical Report on worker and business outcomes: Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, 2016).
  • Workers who participated in essential skills training were nearly 25% more likely to report a reduction in their work-related stress levels than those who had not received this type of training (UPSKILL Health – Technical Report on worker and business outcomes: Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, 2016).

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

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