This month's special newsletter is Essential Skills Tools & Resources. 

Inside This Issue: 
  • review what the 9 essentials skills are
  • explore the list of websites, tools and resources 
  • view a CSI inspired video series that increase awareness of essential skills

What are the 9 esential skills?

  1. Reading - refers to the skills needed to understand and apply information found in sentences and paragraphs.
  2. Document Use - refers to the skills needed to find, enter and use letters, numbers, symbols and images in electronic and paper formats.
  3. Numeracy - refers to the skills needed to make sense of and apply mathematical concepts and information.
  4. Writing - refers to the skills needed to compose handwritten or typed text to communicate information and ideas.
  5. Thinking - refers to the skills needed to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, plan, remember details and find information.
  6. Oral Communications - refers to the skills needed to exchange thoughts and information with other people by speaking, listening and using non-verbal cues such as body language.
  7. Working with Others - refers to the skills needed to interact with other people (one or more).
  8. Continuous Learning - refers to the skills needed to continually develop and improve one's skills and knowledge in order to work effectively and adapt to changes.
  9. Digital Technology - refers to the skills needed to understand and use digital systems, tools and applications, and to process digital information.

Essential Skills Tools Resource

In August 2017, Douglas College compiled a resource, which contains links to references and tools about essential skills.  Please take the time to explore this resource as it is very detailed and extensive.  

To view this resource please click here.

Additional Tools/Curriculum/Information to Explore

Practitioner Training

  • Workforce Education Manitoba has a 30 minute video that expresses the thinking behind their successful approach to essential skills development in Manitoba's workplaces.  Click here to view the video.
  • Increase your essential skills expertise with workshops from Skillplan.  Click here to view the workshops that they offer.
  • To introduce/increase awareness of essential skills in the workplace, the Essential Skills Investigation (ESI) videos were produced.  These videos are inspired by the TV show CSI.  Each video has accompanying lessons.
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