The 9-Essential Skills
Workplace Essential Skills are defined as the skills that people use to perform a wide variety of daily life and occupational tasks.
- Workplace essential skills enable people at work to do the tasks required by their occupation, give them the basics to learn all other skills (job and life) and assist them to manage and adapt to the changing workplace environment.
- They are not the technical skills required by an occupation but are the enabling skills that are necessary in most occupations and that allow people to do their jobs successfully.
- In the example of writing, everyone will need to write on the job whether it is a simple note to co-workers or a lengthy report to administration. In both cases the frequency and degree of complexity will be different for each occupation.
- Reading Text - Reading materials in the form of sentences or paragraphs
- Document Use -Tasks that involve a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, symbols and other visual characteristics (eg. Lines, colors or shapes) are given meaning by their spatial arrangement
- Numeracy - Using numbers and thinking in quantitative terms to complete tasks
- Writing - Writing text and writing in documents, such as filling in forms, and non paper-based writing such as typing on a computer
- Oral Communication -Using speech to give and exchange thoughts and information
- Working with Others - Employees working with others to carry out their tasks
- Thinking Skills -The process of evaluating ideas or information to reach a rational decision
- Computer Use - Using different kinds of computer applications and other related technical tools
- Continuous Learning - Works participating in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge
Essential Skills are the skills people use to carry out a wide variety of everyday life and work tasks. Essential Skills are not the technical skills required by particular occupations but rather the skills applied in all occupations. For example, numeracy skills are required in a broad range of occupations. The complexity and frequency of numeracy varies, of course, some workers calculate material requirements for jobs while others use tools to take a variety of measurements. Essential Skills: Help people perform the tasks required by their occupation and other activities of daily life, provide people with a foundation to learn other skills, enhance people's ability to adapt to change.
The ACCESS ESAF series of videos demonstrate complex mathematical skills and utilize the power of visual learning. Animation and graphics are used to create a video series that is both entertaining and progressive; with layers of content creating additional visual interest and quality. The website learning platform reinforces the video content to deepen the learning experience.
The Aboriginal designed curriculum has a holistic impact. Participants gain a higher level of numeracy competency and confidence, satisfaction with the learning experience and higher achievement goals; all adding up to what is needed to improve quality of life and employment options.
Certified, skilled trades people are in high demand and there are good skilled-trades jobs in every corner of the province. Training for and working in the trades requires strong numeracy skills to succeed. We need to make sure that apprentices are prepared to enter this competitive job market, where success depends on preparation and dedication to learning especially in the area of numeracy skills.
It is our experience that students who develop a solid level of Essential Skills numeracy prior to entering into their technical training have a greater likelihood to succeed. Potential apprentices are required to attend technical training at the college level prior to beginning their work-site apprenticeship training. Sadly many are not successful due to low numeracy skills from either: being out of school for a long period of time or not having the education required to compete. The paradox is that many of the students are able to successfully complete the practical hands-on tasks however fail when it comes to the book work and written tests. Using our approach to Essential Skill building in numeracy, students are achieving a completion grade of up to 95% in their technical trades training programs.