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Essential Skills

Essential Skills Day


Friday, September 30th, 2016 marks Essential Skills Day.

Celebrate the importance of the 9 Essential Skills!

strong essential skills

  1. For information about Essential Skills visit Employment and Social Development Canada.
  2. For ideas on how to celebrate see ABC Life Literacy Canada’s event guide.
  3. For Essential Skills resources see the list below.


Essential Skills Resources

How Do Your Skills Measure Up?

  • Free website with activities to practice job tasks in various occupations.  Sort by occupation, skill, or level.

How Do Your Skills Measure Up


Workplace Essential Skills

  • Browse our workbooks and teachers guide in our At Work series.
  • Practice reading, document use, numeracy, oral communication, thinking, and writing skills.

Reading at Work Facilitators Guide


Professional Development for Educators

  • Get ideas for developing work-related learning materials, and learn about question structure theory.

Controlling Complexity


Career in the Trades

  • Learn what types and levels of Essential Skills are required for a successful career in the trades.

Are You Ready for a Career in the Trades?


Prep Guides for Entering the Trades

  • Essential Skills practice for pre-apprentices preparing for a career in the trades.

Preparing for the Boilermaker Trade