Flexible Upskilling Network
Get a jump start on your skills and career with Prepr.
Flexible Upskilling Network (F.U.N) program is a blended learning program, where participants receive opportunities to combine valuable work experience with accelerated skills training. The objective of the F.U.N program is to support youth who face employment barriers by helping them develop soft skills such as communication, collaboration and problem solving. Prepr will be using its signature PIE method to train the participants in Project Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and to expose them to real world business challenges. Prepr will also support participants in developing technology and digital skills that can help them secure gainful employment.
The program will focus on youth between the ages of 15 and 29 who are looking for work or who have already been hired in September 2020. All students are welcome.
The program is open to employers from the not-for-profit, public or private sectors provided they meet the employer criteria.
Two cohorts of 180 youth will participate in the program as follows:
“It was really fun! I liked how there wasn’t too much structure… No tests. No quizzes. It was freeform and we could set our own goals.”
“Timelines were intense, but in a good way. It really lit our butts on fire!”
“I definitely learned a lot. I’m saving all of the lessons and I know I’ll be referring to them again.”
“I was interested in digital marketing before, but the program has encouraged me to learn more and expand on that. I learned how to connect my creative and design skills to the business world. The program showed me what kinds of opportunities were open to me.”
“With entrepreneurship, I have the resources, I have the tools, so I can do my own research now, and I can experiment with the tools provided, and I can make something. Very useful and very handy.”
“When someone from the field can recommend a tool, it can make it much easier to get started.”
“The quality of the guests - especially the technical guests - was very high.”
“Learning about different marketing strategies… and knowing how you can orchestrate certain events in alignment with your analytics was really useful.”
“I can now understand how the craziest project isn’t necessarily going to translate into sales.”
“I learned how to communicate better with people of different backgrounds. Entrepreneurialism was the subject that I learned most about. It was really inspiring.”
“The program was really helpful in giving me a lot of exposure to the world of digital marketing and marketing… It was good to get that exposure. Doing something within the experience of a startup was really novel.”
“Working on the MVP was the biggest a-ha moment was a big one for us - realizing that it had to be a real, tangible thing was eye-opening.”
“I’m more open to creative roles now. Previously, I was exclusively chasing analytics roles with no room for creativity. Now I know that I know that there’s a whole world of people who are both creative and analytical, I’m much more interested in that. The road ahead is a lot less foggy for me now”
“I feel like I will be more effective in a cross-functional capacity now. It was a really good learning experience for me, and I gained skills that I can take with me… It has really helped me.”
“The program revealed a very clear vision for me as to what working in the real world was going to be like.”
“Learning about different marketing strategies and approaches definitely helped me feel more confident.”
“The program has helped me focus on what I want to do after this. I’ve decided that I want to combine my dev experience with UX. Now I have to decide whether I need more education in this area before I can get the job I want, but with this foundation, I’m quite sure that I can develop this skill on the job.”
“Before I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my career. Now I know. The program has given all of the professional tools that I need to prepare myself for the real world.”
“The instructors, speakers and mentors were all very knowledgeable, approachable, and supportive… I enjoyed learning from all of their stories. It was very encouraging and motivating to say the least.”
“The most memorable things I learned were about developing SEO strategy. Back home in China where I learned the basics it’s still very black-hat, so it was great to gain more understanding about how content and UX plays a role.”
“It was amazing. I ended up in a really great group. Everyone was amazing. The presentation were very clear and informative. I really like the way that Adam and Caitlin teach. It’s very interactive and the ability to ask questions live was awesome.”
“I definitely have a more concrete understanding of strategy now. The program definitely is sending me in another direction… I want to keep working with data, but now I have a sense of how that can be applied in the marketing work.”
“My experience with the program was really good. The main thing I learned was how to work in a team which is completely different. On my team I learned how to flow with the other members in order to get projects completed.”
“I definitely feel more confident in my communication skills after our presentation. I was a little sad when it was over. I missed the collaboration and team-based project work.”