Soft Skills for Employment

Innovative . Engaging . Online 

1700 +

Participants since May 2020

All over Canada

25

Active partners across Canada

Across Canada

85 %

Employment among graduates

100 %

Recommended by all graduates

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

Designed and developed to support newcomers

Participants

“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”

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

 

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Schools

“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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Employers

“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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Participants
Service Delivery Partners
Schools
Employers

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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Access ASCEND’s dynamic, interactive content on your own schedule from any device.

       

Am I eligible for ASCEND?

1) I am comfortable communicating effectively in English (CLB 6+)

2) I have previous work experience (from any country)

3) My immigration status is one of the following:

  • Permanent Residents in Canada, or those approved in principle (and their spouses)
  • Convention Refugees (and their spouses)
  • Temporary Foreign Workers only with work permit s.112 of the IRPR
  • All Ukrainian temporary residents and their dependents in Canada

If you answered “Yes” to all the above, then ASCEND is available to you at NO cost!

NOTE: Participants that do not meet these eligibility requirements are able to access ASCEND for a fee. Please contact us for more details on program costs for non-eligible participants

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.