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Skills for Success

Looking to develop, test, or improve skills that can help you get a job, progress at your current job or change jobs? Our Skills for Success program helps you do just that! Below you’ll find more information about what these skills are, along with workbooks, assessments, booklets, and much more! These tools are designed for students and teachers to use in their classes.

Why Skills for Success?

Many Canadian workers do not have the skills needed to equip them to meet the typical skill demands of their jobs.

Being unable to meet the minimum performance requirements of their jobs limits their career opportunities and wages, and makes them vulnerable to a variety of other negative outcomes.

There are 9 skills that can set workers up for success with work, learning, and life – no matter where they live or what job they pursue. They are the foundation for learning all other skills, and they enable people to evolve with their jobs and their lives and to adapt to change in the workplace and in life. Read more in the Facilitator’s Guide.

The Story of Skills for Success

The Skills for Success, formerly known as Essential Skills, were identified and launched by the Government of Canada in May of 2021, updating the existing framework in response to an evolving labour market. These 9 skills are updated to reflect the rapidly changing skill needs and requirements:

  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem solving
  • Writing
  • Adaptability
  • Reading
  • Creativity & Innovation

In the updated framework two new skills have been introduced – Adaptability and Creativity, and Innovation. These added skills represent the growing demand for socio-emotional skills from Canadian employers.

Some other changes include:

  • Document Use being integrated into Reading, Writing and Numeracy,
  • Oral Communication refined to Communication,
  • Working with Others expanding into Collaboration, and Thinking Skills refined to Problem Solving.
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