Essential Skills

What are Essential Skills?

Essential Skills are those skills used by everyone every day for work, learning and life.  These skills make up the foundation upon which individuals are capable of learning other skills, and can greatly aid in enhancing an individual’s ability to adapt to change. 

Click here to learn more about how Essential Skills can affect your workplace.

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Watch a short three-minute video from The Essential Skills Group Inc. to learn more about what Essential Skills are and why they are important. Access the video: http://en.careers.essentialskillsgroup.com/?p=video


Nine essential skills have been identified:

  1. Reading text
  2. Document use
  3. Numeracy
  4. Writing
  5. Oral communication
  6. Working with others
  7. Thinking
  8. Computer use 
  9. Continuous learning

Click here to learn more about the 9 Essential Skills.

Click here to learn how the Essential Skills are applied to job positions within the continuing care environment.

Click here to explore the various ways to integrate Essential Skills into your workplace (excellent resource for HR professionals).


Other Resources

New!! From Canada West Foundation: SMARTEN UP It’s time to build essential skills

Resource from US Department of Education: "Making Skills Everyone’s Business A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States"

ABC Life Literacy Canada Announces Catalytic Funder to Support UPskill, a Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills Initiative - News Release

New study finds workplace training benefits employees’ health and job performance - SRDC releases the results of the UPSKILL Health project, which was designed to explore the relationships among literacy and essential skills (LES), health, and job performance.

 Highlights video of Essential Skills Day 2015 provided by UpSkill.ca


Questions? Comments? Please contact the CCSA at essentialskills@ab-ccsa.ca or visit our contact page.