What is CIU?
Change it Up provides strength-based, soft-skill employment training in ready-to-use workshops that are holistic, hands-on, learner-centered and trauma aware. Gathering over a decade of research and on-the-ground experience, the Curriculum Guide includes over 15 full workshops that help people learn, grow, get and keep employment.
The resources would be an incredible asset for facilitators, organizations and communities offering employment, pre-employment, foundational and life skills training. The materials can be used as:
- an add-on to sector speciﬁc training programs (e.g. hospitality, trades, childcare, health care aide)
- a personal development component for any training initiative (e.g. life skills, employment readiness, youth engagement)
- a collection of tools that can be used individually or in combination to enhance existing training initiatives and build essential skills
Why is it different?
The Change it Up approach is not about sitting in a classroom or writing the GED. It’s about changing the way we look at employment training and skill development.
The holistic approach is hands-on, participant-driven and strengths-based. It’s focused on reducing barriers, encouraging personal growth and walking alongside participants to support skill development and success in life, learning and employment. The program helps empower individuals to envision, create and execute an individualized plan for their future.
Who is it for?
Learning communities and organizations looking to offer more robust and effective skills and employment training opportunities to the learners and clients they work with. The workshops, resources, staff training and support materials are fully customizable and adaptable to fit individual program needs. Places where CIU could be used include: