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Essential Skills

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SkillPlan has developed resources which contribute to workforce skills development, used by trainers, educators, trades instructors, and apprentices. Highlights include topics such as: Trade math workbooks for carpenters and general construction, trade entrance test prep guides for various trade occupations, mentoring in technical training, oral communication on the job. Please scroll down to see our catalogue. Click the title to view detailed information about each item. You can order our publications in two ways:
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Controlling Complexity

Author(s): Julia Lew, Michael Hardt
Format: Coil bound, 184 pages
Price: $89
(*Price for 10+): $80.10
Category: Essential Skills, Practioners

Learn question structure theory to enhance understanding and control question difficulty with this workplace essential skills resource for practitioners.
Free download after purchase: Teaching aid
Online support sessions for groups of 4 or more attendees. Go to page: skillplan.ca/educators/online-courses

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Developing Work-Related Learning Materials

Author(s): Vanya Wong, Lynda Fownes
Format: Coil bound, 78 pages
Price: $78
(*Price for 10+): $70.20
Category: Essential Skills, Practioners

Link instruction with workplace applications. Develop a single lesson, a series of lessons, or a curriculum. The focus can be on career exploration, improving Essential Skills levels, or specific Essential Skills topics.
Additional materials:
How Do Your Skills Measure Up Website

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Document Use at Work

Author(s): Lynda Fownes, Julian Evetts
Format: 3 ring binder, 262 pages
Price: $78
(*Price for 10+): $70.20
Category: Essential Skills, Practioners

Learn about the complexities of Document Use in the workplace. Focuses on document classification and Essential Skills.
Also available in the “at Work” series:
Reading at Work,
Numeracy at Work,
Writing at Work

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Essential Skills and Success in Apprenticeship

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Format: PDF, 39 pages
Price: $ Free
(*Price for 10+): $ Free
Category: Essential Skills, Practioners

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Numeracy at Work

Author(s): Lynda Fownes, Elizabeth Thompson, Julian Evetts
Format: 3 ring binder, 374 pages
Price: $78
(*Price for 10+): $70.20
Category: Essential Skills, Practioners

Contains applied work activities and on-the-job applications of numeracy: Money Math, Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Math, Measurement and Calculation Math, and Data Analysis Math.
Also available:
Document Use at Work, Reading at Work, Writing at Work.

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Numeracy Rules

Author(s): Sue Grecki
Format: 3-Ring Binder, 98 Pages
Price: $27.00
(*Price for 10+): $24.30
Category: Apprentices, Essential Skills, Learners, Practioners, Trades

Practice numeracy essential skills such as measuring, fractions, and making metric-imperial conversions. Includes worksheets, rulers, and a pocket guide.
Also available: Pocket Guides can be purchased separately.

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Numeracy Rules Pocket Guide

Author(s): Sue Grecki
Format: 3 fold card
Price: $1.25
(*Price for 10+): $1.25
Category: Apprentices, Essential Skills, Instructors, Learners, Practioners, Trades

This pocket guide (when folded measures 3.5″ x 4.25″) is a ruler itself and a reference to trades math conversions and formulas.

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Oral Communication on the Job

Author(s): Ginny Chiu, Claire Lloyd
Format: Coil bound, 158 pages
Price: $78
(*Price for 10+): $70.20
Category: Essential Skills, Instructors, Practioners, Trades

Teach effective communication skills in the workplace.
Includes: CD with dialogues

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Reading at Work: Workplace Reader

Author(s): Lynda Fownes, Corinne Volpatti, Vanya Wong
Format: 3 ring binder, 306 pages
Price: $38
(*Price for 10+): $34.20
Category: Essential Skills, Learners, Practioners

Learners practice transferable essential skills such as locating, comparing/contrasting, and evaluating information. Based on authentic workplace documents.
Also available:
Reading at Work: Facilitator’s Guide, Document Use at Work, Numeracy at Work, Writing at Work.

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Reading at Work: Facilitator’s Guide

Author(s): Jean Tonski, Lynda Fownes, Vanya Wong
Format: 3-ring binder, 410 pages
Price: $98
(*Price for 10+): $88.20
Category: Essential Skills, Practioners

Introduce and expand on topics from the Workplace Reader, providing learning strategies, suggestions for further activities, and additional source documents.
Companion to:
Reading at Work: Workplace Reader.

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