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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.