What are Workplace Essential Skills? Workplace Essential Skills are the nine foundational skills required for learning all other skills at work. The nine essential skills include reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others and continuous learning.
I thought we learned that in school? Being able to read after finishing school doesn’t mean an employee can pick up a workplace document and quickly interpret the structure, go to the needed information and then use that information properly. Essential skills are indispensable to the Canadian workplace. They enable Canadians to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. Today’s work world demands a broader range of skills with increasing degrees of complexity, even for the most basic employment. Where do we use essential skills? Workplace essential skills are used in every job at various levels of complexity. They can appear in simple tasks such as filling out an employment form or giving a verbal update at a team meeting to more demanding tasks such as writing an operational plan with sophisticated computer software. Employees need these specific essential skills to advance in their role.
Workplace Essential Skillsare targeted to the workplace, through workplace tasks and task complexity.
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