Nine Essential Skills

The Government of Canada has identified nine essential skills needed for the workplace. These skills are used in every job to varying degrees 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.

Reading - The ability to understand reading materials in the form of sentences or paragraphs. We use this skill to scan for information, skim overall meaning, evaluate what we read and integrate information from multiple sources. 

Document use - The ability to perform tasks that involve a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, symbols and other visual characteristics are given meaning by their spatial relationship. We use this skill when we read and interpret signs, labels, lists, graphs and charts.

Numeracy - The ability to use numbers and think in quantitative terms.  We use this skill when doing numerical estimating, money math, scheduling or budgeting math and analyzing measurements or data.

Writing - The ability to write text and documents; it also includes non paper-based writing such as typing on a computer. We use this skill when we organize, record, document, provide information to persuade, request information from others and justify a request.

Oral communication - The ability to use speech to give and exchange thoughts and information. We use this skill to greet people, take messages, reassure, persuade, seek information and resolve conflicts.

Working with others - The ability to work with other workers to carry out tasks. We use this skill when we work as a member of a team or jointly with a partner, and when we engage in supervisory or leadership activities.

Thinking - The ability to engage in the process of evaluating ideas or information to reach a rational decision. We use this skill when we solve problems, make decisions, think critically and plan and organize job tasks.

Computer use - The ability to use different kinds of computer applications and other related technical tools. We use this skill when we operate cash registers, use word processing software, send emails and create and modify spreadsheets.

Continuous learning - The ability to participate in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge. We use this skill when we learn as part of regular work or from co-workers and when we access training in the workplace or off-site.

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What to Expect from the Employee Readiness Program

  • Career exploration and vocational guidance
  • Assessment of your individual skills and career or learning goals
  • One-on-one guidance and support
  • Series of professional development workshops including CPR/First Aid & WHMIS
  • Field Trips to Career Fairs

Program Features

  • Life Skills workshops addressing topics such as:
  • Time and personal management
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Money management
  • Health and eating well

Who is eligible?

  • Adults 19 years of age and older who require enhanced supports and services
  • Adult with a Grade 12 education or less
  • All learners at the Dartmouth Learning Network enrolled in our Level 2 Programs
  • All learners at the Dartmouth Learning Network enrolled in our General Equivalency Diploma Program

Program Duration

  • The Employee Readiness Program runs from September to June of each year

How to Enroll

Please contact the Dartmouth Learning Network at (902) 463-9179 to set up an appointment or

You can also send a message to The Dartmouth Learning Network using the contact form below.

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