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Essential Skills


Essential Skills are the basic skills that make it possible to learn all other skills. For a complete description with examples please visit Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.

These are the nine essential skills:

  • Reading text
  • Using documents
  • Numeracy
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Working with others
  • Thinking skills
  • Using a computer
  • Continuous learning

Identifying Essential Skills provides job related information to help students and workers explore the skills needed for various occupations. Employers use essential skills to develop job descriptions, workplace training programs or decide what skills to seek when recruiting new staff.

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