Essential Skills Forum

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From the Classroom to the Workplace – We need Essential Skills champions!

Essential Skills Forum/Stakeholder Roundtable: Building Blocks for Youth Success in the Trades
Was held in partnership with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8:00 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m., during the Skills Canada National Competition at the Delta Hotel, Assiniboia Room, Winnipeg Manitoba

Building Blocks: Stakeholder Summary


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


  • Met fellow colleagues
  • Shared experiences and learned from others
  • Inspired to bring back information and make change
  • Met experts in the field of Essential Skills and trades and technology training
  • Attended 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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