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About the Essential Skills
The Government of Canada and other national and international agencies have identified and validated nine key essential skills for the workplace.

What are the Nine Essential Skills?

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Activity 1 : Cooking
Activity 2 : Electrical Installations
Activity 3 : Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Activity 4 : Hairstyling
Activity 5 : Carpentry
Activity 6 : Graphic Design
Activity 7 : Automation and Control

FAQs

What is an Essential Skill? 

An essential skill is a necessary developed ability or capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained efforts to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas, things, and/or people.

Why are these Skills “essential”?

Essential Skills are the skills that people need for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills.

Why are Essential Skills important to industry?

These skills are used in nearly every job and at different levels of complexity and they enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.

Essential Skills and the Trades

Good Essential Skills means you will understand and remember concepts introduced in technical training. The level of Essential Skills required for most trades is as high or higher that it is for many office jobs.Essential skills are used in nearly every job and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.  The following 9 skills have been identified and validated as key essential skills for the workplace.

Skills Canada CEO Shaun Thorson talks about the impact of the essential skills in the skilled trades.

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