Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Essential Skills for Your Apprenticeship Training (2009)

Apprenticeship training combines in-class learning with on-the-job experience. Having strong Essential Skills such as reading, document use, writing and thinking can help the apprentice succeed in this training.

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2012-08-17

Using Essential Skills: On the Job with a Carpenter (2010)

The authors of this booklet follow a carpenter through a typical day to show how she uses Essential Skills in her work.

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2012-08-07

Using Essential Skills: On the Job with an Automotive Service Technician (2010)

In this booklet, the authors follow an automotive service technician through a typical day to show how he uses Essential Skills in his job.

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2012-08-03

Before Training: Resources to Improve Your Essential Skills (2009)

The authors of this booklet encourage candidates for apprenticeships to prepare for training by learning more about the program and by improving their Essential Skills.

They suggest a number of activities, including making lists of people to contact, community resources and websites that offer information about trades and skills upgrading; setting goals; and tracking achievement.

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2012-07-27

Using Essential Skills: On the Job with a Plumber (2009)

The authors of this booklet follow a plumber through a typical day to illustrate how he uses Essential Skills in his work.

The plumber begins his day by using oral communication skills to discuss work with his boss and using writing skills to make notes about the project. He uses numeracy to calculate the space required to install a new toilet, then uses critical thinking to deal with a problem that crops up.

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2012-07-24

Using Essential Skills: On the Job with a Welder (2010)

The authors of this booklet follow an oil pipeline welder through a typical day to show how he uses Essential Skills on the job.

He begins his day by using oral communication skills to discuss safety concerns with his supervisor, then draws upon document use skills to interpret symbols on a drawing to decide what kind of weld is needed. Critical thinking is required to determine which electrode is required in a particular situation.

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2012-07-18

Essential Skills Workbook for Trades (2011)

: This workbook can be used by an individual to help him identify the Essential Skills he is strong in and the ones that may need improvement. It includes exercises based on the Essential Skills of reading, document use, numeracy, and writing, and provides examples of how those skills are used in the skilled trades.

The workbook contains space for writing responses, and an answer guide where the user can check his responses.

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2012-07-13

Essential Skills Self-Assessment for the Trades (2009)

This document allows individuals to assess their Essential Skills strengths and weaknesses.

The document includes statements that describe common trades-related tasks for each of the nine Essential Skills. The respondent is asked to read each statement, then place a check mark in the column that best describes his ability to complete the task.

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2012-07-12

Thinking Self-Assessment (2011)

This document is part of a series of self-assessment tools prepared by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to help individuals evaluate their Essential Skills. This self-assessment focuses on problem solving, decision making, and job-task planning and organizing.

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2012-07-06

Essential Skills for Success as an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) (2009)

This fact sheet is one of a series prepared by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to explain how Essential Skills are used in a particular trade.

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2012-06-25

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