Welcome to UPskill.ca
UPskill is a social venture initiative, established by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 2014.
UPskill is committed to ensuring Canadians gain the essential skills they need for workplace success. Research shows that strong essential skills have a positive impact on employees’ job performance, job retention, health and wellbeing. It also has a positive impact on business including increased cost savings, customer satisfaction, productivity gains, and increased revenue.
Because of the enormous potential for improved lives and livelihoods for Canadians and potential for positive economic impact for Canada, UPskill is working with partners from business, unions, governments, and communities throughout the country to promote a culture of workplace learning that includes essential skills.
Why is workplace essential skills training important?
Canada has a skills issue that needs immediate attention: more than 40% of Canadians do not have sufficient essential skill levels to manage the demands of 21st century jobs, and Canada is falling further and further behind international counterparts in upskilling to succeed at work.
What is UPskill’s role?
UPskill is developing key measures to advance the workplace skills of Canadians, and to inspire commitment to integrating literacy and essential skills training into the learning culture of more workplaces.
Training: UPskill will increase Canadians’ access to literacy and essential skills training and provide business with tools and resources to support their uptake of literacy and essential skills training.
Trainers: UPskill will provide an avenue for literacy and essential skills practitioners to gain new knowledge, continually improve literacy and essential skills practices, and to lead and advance excellence in the sector.
National Network: UPskill will create a network for thought-leaders and influencers to convene to inform and transform literacy and essential skills policy.
Workplace Commitment: UPskill will recognize employer commitment to workplace training, and support ongoing commitment to essential skills learning practices.