Skills Link


The Skills Link Project is an 18 week course aimed at increasing the theoretical and practical employability skills of selected participants. Over the last 13 years we have worked with hundreds of young adults to ensure they make a successful transition into the labour market. Participants will be instilled with self-confidence and a sense of their ability to visualize and actualize their goals while earning minimum wage.

During the program participants spend 8 weeks in the classroom working on their employability skills before going into a 10 week work placement in the field of their choice. Topics covered in the classroom include:

  • Communication skills
  • Customer service
  • Dealing with anger
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Goal setting
  • Handling stress and worry
  • Personal attitudes
  • Owning failures
  • Coping with change
  • Interview skills
  • Personal finances
  • Presentation skills
  • Social responsibility
  • Accepting others
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Self-assessment tools
  • Assertiveness
  • Volunteering benefits

We work one on one with participants to help them realize their personal and professional potential. Our program is divided into three phases:

Personal Development: Participants will be equipped with essential life skills. This will include everything from goal setting to presentation and leadership skills.
Professional Development: Participants will begin to understand essential professional skills. This will cover subjects like business communication, networking and interviewing skills.
Work Experience: Participants will be placed in a career related job experience.


To be eligible for the the program participants must be between the ages of 15 and 30, not in receipt of EI benefits, and have at least one of the following barriers to employment:

  • High school non-completion
  • Disability
  • Aboriginal ancestry
  • Health/drug and/or alcohol-related problems
  • Residence in rural or remote locations
  • Lone (single) parent
  • Visible or ethnic minority
  • Low levels of reading and numeracy
  • Language barriers
  • Street Involvement
  • Contact with justice, child or social assistance systems
  • Homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless
  • Lack of social supports: family, friends or community supports
  • Poor self-management and/or behaviour management skills
  • Other

For more information or to apply please e-mail us at ssbdc@smu.ca.