Soft Skills for Employment

Innovative . Engaging . Online 

3500 +

Participants since May 2020

All over Canada

50 +

Active partners across Canada

Across Canada

85 %

Employment among graduates

100 %

Recommended by all graduates

74 %

*Program completion rate

*Average online course completion rates are between 5–15%

ASCEND is a blended-learning program built with direct insight from Canadian employers, HR experts, immigrant service organizations and skilled newcomers.

* Average online course completion rates are between 5–15%

Designed and developed to support newcomers


“In few weeks I learned techniques that I will use over a lifetime. This course is great for anyone who are looking for a job or want to change career.

– Client of New Directions’ LINC program, BC

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Service Delivery Partners

“ASCEND makes my job easier. When participants are finished with ASCEND I can match them with an employer and be confident that they will be okay and they know the steps to be successful”

–  Sogol Jamali, Career Advisor – Client and Community Liaison, Back in Motion


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“ASCEND does a fantastic job in supporting Northeastern’s international students with the crucial soft skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Students can better understand what Canadian workplace culture is like, how to excel in their interviews, on the job, and as they advance in their careers after graduation.”

-Bethany Edmunds, Director of Computer Science, Northeastern University, Vancouver

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“ASCEND has real industry insight, strong instructional design principles and strong facilitation.”

-Manu Varma, VP Alliances & Friends of Traction, Traction on Demand

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Service Delivery Partners

7 Online Modules | 6 Optional Workshops

The Value of Your Existing Skills & Experience

Personal Branding

Developing a Community of Support

Interview Soft Skills

Professional Communication

Onboarding & Organizational Culture

Career Progression

Are you ready to see how ASCEND can support your career journey in Canada?

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Crafted by Canadian industry professionals

Partnerships with employers, service delivery partners and skilled immigrants were integral to creating ASCEND. Our gratitude goes out to these industry partners whose insights will help prepare participants from all over the world for employment in Canada.