Work Skills Foundations

Starting in August 2022, domestic and international students enrolling in most post-secondary programs at MITT will be required to complete Work Skills Foundations.

Formerly known as Introduction to College and Work, the Work Skills Foundations course helps you successfully transition into a post-secondary academic environment and navigate the cultural, academic, and work expectations you find there as well as in the workplace. Work Skill Foundations teaches you how to use learning strategies, critical thinking, and problem-solving in the classroom, three attributes you need to combine with strong technical skills to find success in any work environment.

By the end of Work Skills Foundations, you will be able to:

  • Self assess personal strengths and areas for growth in relation to the MITT Work Skills.
  • Discuss MITT ethics and integrity expectations.
  • Reflect on appropriate behaviours in the Canadian learning environments.
  • Identify effective strategies to improve personal learning.
  • Apply practical time management strategies for scheduling, planning, and prioritizing tasks.
  • Apply problem-solving strategies to workplace or academic situations.
  • Explore common stressors experienced by students and build strategies to overcome them.
  • Differentiate key cultural factors influencing communication and behavioural responses.
  • Build a lifelong learning strategy for career resiliency based on personal values and goals.

There are 10 self-directed (learn at your own pace) modules. This course should take approximately 30 hours to complete on your own time. These modules are open in MyLearning two weeks, within the month prior to the start of your program. Students are expected to complete Work Skills Foundations before the start of the program - See FAQ below for specific dates. 

You must successfully complete Work Skills Foundations in order to graduate from your program.


“I must say that the program was quite beneficial. It supported me in finishing my whole BAA course and my co-op... It boosted my confidence and helped me get a good grade during the program.”

— Gule Jannat, Business Administrative Assistant (2021)

“During the two weeks with the students, I see tremendous growth in each and every student and truly believe this growth helps them to be more successful in their college, work and personal lives.”

— Lorinda Fosty, Sessional Instructor, Introduction to College and Work

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are domestic and international students required to complete Work Skills Foundations?

Yes. Both domestic and international students are required to complete Work Skills Foundations.

Students registered in the following programs are not required to complete Work Skills Foundations: Client Services Specialist, Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, Network Security Diploma, Sales and Event Coordinator, and all post-graduate programs including Applied Leadership, Business Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resources Learning and Development, and International Business.

Yes, the fee for the first attempt at Work Skills Foundations is included in tuition and fees (see Question 6 for fees if you are required to repeat the program). For a breakdown of fees by program, please click here.

Work Skills Foundations delivery is asynchronously, through MyLearning.

Asynchronous learning means that the instructor and the students in the course all engage with the course content at different times. Each module might make use of assigned readings or uploaded media, online quizzes, discussion boards, and more. The instructor guides the students, provides them with feedback, and assesses them as needed.

Students will have approximately 10 weeks to complete the course.  The course opens approximately two weeks prior to the start of term 1 classes, and ends approximately eight weeks after the start of classes.  Dates are posted on our Academic Schedule webpage.

Work Skills Foundations opens two to four weeks before the start of your program, and will end approximately eight weeks after your program begins.  Specific dates for each intake are listed within the Academic Schedule. Students are expected to successfully complete this program with a final grade of 50% or higher during this time.  Unsuccessful completion during a first attempt will result in automatic re-enrolment to complete the content in the next available session, at a cost of $75 CAD to the student.

Two unsuccessful attempts may result in withdrawal from the certificate or diploma program. A third attempt is not normally allowed. A Dean’s permission is required for a third attempt.

For more information on Work Skills Foundations, please contact or 204 989 6500.

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