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What are Essential Skills

All together, there are 9 Essential Skills. They are reading, document use, numeracy, writing, communication, working with others, thinking, computer use and continuous learning.

Let’s take a closer look at each Essential Skill.

The ability to read and understand sentences and paragraphs.

The ability to find, understand and properly use charts, forms, lists, labels, tables or graphs.

The ability to use and understand numbers, especially numbers encountered in everyday life.

The ability to use a written language to share thoughts, ideas, or information.

The ability to interact with other to share thoughts and information.

The ability to work well with another person or a group of people.

The ability to find and evaluate information in order to solve problems, make decisions, or to make plans.

The ability to use computers and other forms of technology.

The ability to continue learning new things and new skills. You can learn through school, training programs, work and self-study

When it comes to your Essential Skills, it is important to know where your strengths and weakness are.

Developing your Essential Skills will

  • help you become more skilful in what you do
  • give you the skills to do what you want to do
  • make you feel more independent and satisfied with yourself
  • give your more chances to learn and grow
  • help you overcome barriers

You are now probably wondering about your Essential skills. It is important to assess your Essential Skills, to learn which skills are your strengths and which skills you need to improve. Improving Essential Skills is something that benefits adults, young adults, seniors and children.

This website has resources that will help you assess your Essential Skills and improve your Essential Skills. The website also has a directory of Deaf Adult Literacy Programs across Canada. These programs can help you improve your Essential Skills so you can reach your goals.

It is important to remember that improving Essential Skills is a lifelong task. Essential Skills not only need to be developed, but they need to be kept up-to-date. The world and technology constantly changes, we must always be open and willing to keep learning. Through learning we can ensure our skills meet the needs of today’s workplace.