FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What are soft skills?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is so important, it has it’s own sections. Please refer to the “What Are Soft Skills” section of this catalog.

2. Can you learn soft skills or are they natural abilities?

Yes, you can learn soft skills. It is true that certain soft skills come more naturally to some people based on their nature and nurture, but just like any hard skill, they can also be acquired over time. Also similar to hard skills is that soft skills are like a muscle that must be exercised and maintained in order to stay in top shape. You won’t walk out of a leadership workshop as suddenly the best leader there ever was, but you will learn strategies that leaders commonly practice and ways to start building that skill within yourself.

3. Can soft skills be learned in a classroom setting?

Yes. In fact, “soft skills” are often known as “people skills” and it’s better to learn them with other people. Imagine you’re learning public speaking and presentation skills. By practicing to yourself alone, you won’t get to see the reaction of the audience, get real-time feedback from your instructor or be able to practice with people in a  non-judgmental space.

4. Do you offer financing for tuition?

We are open to customized financing plans for you or your institution to make learning as accessible as possible. If you are an individual or team coming to SkillsCamp, and are located within Canada, you can apply to the Canada Job Grant to have the government subsidize your training on behalf of your employer. In this scenario, SkillsCamp would become the training partner.

5. How many students are in each class?

If the workshop a SkillsCamp event and held within our space, our class sizes range from 5-30 depending on a multitude of factors. We prefer small class sizes so that every students can get individualized attention. If we are working with your team in your space, class sizes depend on the delivery method you’ve signed up for and how many of your team will be in attendance. If you’ve invited us to a conference-style event, we’ve seen from 50-500 attendees. If you’re inviting us to a workshop, we prefer between 5-30 but no more than 50 attendees. This all being said, we customize our teaching to your context, so don’t worry how many people you have. We’ll work it out.

6. Do you offer any accreditation or certificate upon completion of a course?

We do not offer certification like you might see from a traditional education institution (diploma, degree, etc.). We are about building skills in people. SkillsCamp is however recognized by the Training Industry as a provider. You will be able to indicate your completion of a course or workshop on your LinkedIn, resume and wherever you think it would be valuable. If needed, we will provide a letter of completion at your request.

7. Can I learn on my own?

Yes. While we prefer you learn socially with other people, we do offer 1 on 1 executive training for any of our skills. Contact us to learn more.

8. Who are my instructors?

All SkillsCamp instructors are experts in their respective areas and bring extensive real world experience into the classroom. They are hand picked by SkillsCamp for their knowledge, experience and educating style. At SkillsCamp we believe in customized learning. All our instructors understand different learning styles and personalize their teachings as much as possible to ensure you get the most out of your time with us. We also believe the best way for you to learn is by bringing your whole self, which requires thoughtful facilitation. Our instructors are versed in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) values.

9. Where are your classes?

That is up to you. If you are coming to an event hosted by SkillsCamp or are coming to us for 1 on 1 coaching, you can use our space downtown Toronto. You can also bring us to your space or a third party location if you are hosting a team retreat, for example. Location would be discussed with SkillsCamp ahead of time.

10. Why do I need to develop soft skills?

Soft skills are the base for learning all other skills. It used to be thought that hard skills would get you in the door, but that soft skills would keep you there. However, recent studies by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) have found that a lack of essential skills won’t even get you in the door anymore. When studying hundreds of job postings put out by employers, they found the top mentioned requirements were the “ability to work well with others” and “communication skills.” Soft skills – how you relate to others and yourself – are non negotiable in this labour market. For more statistics, anecdotes and research, visit our Knowledge Centre at skillscamp.co/knowledge-centre.

11. What are the advantages of my team taking part in your workshops?

Organizations that learn effective communication are nearly 5 times as likely to retain the best employees (salesforce.com). 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills (Harvard University). We can provide a plentiful body of research that shows the positive impact of learning soft skills. Ultimately, your team will work better together, be more productive, be better able to handle stress and adversity, and be more resourceful and empathic. These skills will contribute to a better work culture that will positively impact morale and the bottom line. For more statistics, anecdotes and research, visit our Knowledge Centre at skillscamp.co/knowledge-centre.

12. How will paying for soft skill training improve my bottom line?

Companies lose between $200-$300 billion a year due to absenteeism, tardiness, burnout, decreased productivity, worker’s compensation claims, increased employee turnover, and medical insurance costs resulting from employee work-related stress (National Safety Council). $37 billion, or $26 thousand per employee, is lost by businesses in the U.S. and U.K. every year because of miscommunication (profound.mitchcommgroup.com). Better communication skills would mitigate the losses in time and money that come from this miscommunication. Resilience makes your team better able to bounce back from stress and persevere. Boosted productivity means your employees can get more done in less time… and so on. For more statistics, anecdotes and research, visit our Knowledge Centre.

13. What is the method of delivery for the workshops?

That’s up to you! Refer back to the “What Is SkillsCamp” section of this catalog to see our delivery methods.

14. Can I create my own combination of workshops for the package or boot camp option?

Yes. We provide a custom option for designing a boot camp. Simply choose which skills you’d like to build and contact us for more information.

15. Will the workshops be adapted to reflect the level of knowledge of my staff?

Yes. Through initial discovery meetings with SkillsCamp, we will learn about the current level of your staff and adapt our strategies and content to reflect it.

17. Can I become an instructor?

We are always on the lookout for new instructors. If you specialize in one of our soft skill areas, are willing to teach by the SkillsCamp values and genuinely like the art of educating, get in touch with us.

16. Can you help me identify which skills my employees need to work on?

Yes. SkillsCamp can provide discovery consultations and questionnaires to help identify what you or your team needs to work on.

Start Today!

STEP 1

Choose the skills you would like to build. You can choose one or many.

STEP 2

Choose your preferred delivery.

  • Training & Workshops
  • Professional Development
  • Custom Curriculum Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Keynotes & Speaking
  • Conferences & Retreats
  • Webinars

STEP 3

Get in touch with us. Head to the contact page and let us know what you need.