The Facts On Essential Skills

Essential Skills are the foundation to success!

The following 9 skills have been identified and validated as key essential skills for the work place :

Numeracy, Oral Communication, Working with Others, ContinuousLearning, Reading Text, Writing, Thinking, Document Use, Digital

Essential Skills are used in nearly every job and at different levels of complexity. You need them to get into a great career.

They enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.

There are many opportunities in the skilled trades and technology occupations, but you need essential skills to succeed in them.

If you have good Essential Skills you will understand and remember concepts introduced in technical training.

The level of Essential Skills required for most trades is as high or higher then it is for many office jobs. These careers’ are not for the weak in academics.

Industry now needs prerequisites in Essential Skills levels at the interview and evaluation processing of new apprentices and tradespeople.

The bottom line: To possess great Essential Skills you need to keep taking your high school electives, such as Mathematics, Sciences and Linguistics.

The Stats

Three in four (74%) of Canadian employers consider essential skills as strategically relevant to their business – ABC Life Literacy, 2013

Canadians aged 16 to 24 rank below average in both literacy and numeracy compared to their peers in 23 other developed countries and regions (OECD, 2012)

Workers with higher literacy skills earn more income, are less likely to be unemployed, experience shorter periods of unemployment, and are more likely to find full-time rather than part-time work

Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 - representing 9 million Canadians - struggle with low literacy.

Canadians students ranked 8th and 10th in science and math respectively among OECD nations, which is below the average for all age groups.