essential skills

Essential Skills Day

Today is Essential Skills Day! This is the annual day to raise awareness about the important of workplace literacy and essential skills training. Do you remember all 9 essential skills? Check out this cheat sheet from ABC Life Literacy Canada. Get involved in the Skills Canada / Compétences Canada Essential Skills Day challenge! Tweet, Facebook… Read more

In the Workplace and In the Community

Today we’re revisiting two resources from Bow Valley College and NorQuest College that are now available through BC Campus as Open Textbooks. Bow Valley College and NorQuest College in Alberta collaborated to create two new e-textbooks for immigrant adult learners who require English language programming. They are open educational resources and freely available. In the… Read more

Diabetes and Literacy

Today is World Diabetes Day. Literacy is an important factor in learning to manage personal health, including diabetes. The Diabetes Essential Skills Kit (DESK) is designed to help health practitioners and literacy practitioners work together with patients and learners to develop skills to help them manage pre-diabetes and diabetes. The kit consists of two online… Read more

Essential Skills

Today is Essential Skills Day! It’s a day to focus on workplace literacy and the importance of essential skills training. The essential skills are nine skills that have been identified as the key skills that are needed for work, learning and life. They are the foundation for learning all other skills. Can you name the… Read more

Literacy, Essential Skills and Health

Does literacy and essential skills (LES) training at work improve health? Using data from the large scale UPSKILL study that collected information from workplace-based LES training in the tourism accommodations sector, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) explored the relationship of literacy and essential skills with health and performance. Their findings have just been released…. Read more

Essential Skills Mobile App

Introduced last year by Skills Canada, the Essential Skills Mobile App is a way for students to evaluate their proficiency in the nine essential skills. It also helps them explore careers in trades and technology. The Essential Skills Mobile App incorporates profiles of over 40 different trade and technology careers and correlates the levels of… Read more

Smarten Up: It’s time to build essential skills

The Canada West Foundation has published Smarten Up: It’s time to build essential skills, a report analyzing data from the 2011 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) combined with the Canadian National Household Survey of the same year. Written by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray, the report includes information on essential… Read more