Essential Skills Forum

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From the Classroom to the Workplace 

Essential Skills Forum
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
8:30am – 12:30pm
Halifax Exhibition Centre

During the Skills Canada National Competition

To register for this free event, contact Marisa Sosa, Essential Skills Program Manager, at marisas@skillscanada.com


  • Teachers
  • Guidance Counsellors
  • Career Counsellors
  • HR Managers
  • Administrators
  • Parents


  • Meet fellow colleagues
  • Share experiences and learned from others
  • Inspired to bring back information and make change
  • Meet experts in the field of Essential Skills and trades and technology training
  • Attend the Skills Canada National Competition


  • Apprentices with the Essential Skills they need for their trade are eight times more likely to pass their technical exams
  • The level of essential skills required in the skilled trades and technology careers is as high or higher than it is for many other jobs.
  • Employers report that graduates are coming to their workplace with only 30% of the skills needed for the job
  • Canadians aged 16-24 rank below average in their literacy and numeracy skills compared to 23 other countries (OECD, 2012)
  • Essential Skills are linked to better performance, which then leads to better quality work, productivity, and retention.
  • In Canada, about 28% of your earnings is directly related to your Essential Skills

Having an employee with a higher level of Essential Skills is much more valuable to potential employers because the individual will have:

  • an attention to safety
  • the ability to work in a team setting
  • a greater aptitude in problem solving
  • better client service skills
  • an ability to adapt to change
  • an advanced knowledge of numerical skills, including estimation, budgeting and calibrations

Skills shortages remain a significant challenge for Canada. Our country supports initiatives that help ensure Canadians have the Essential Skills needed to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.

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