The SCALES Essential Skills Card Sort Tool (2012)

This document is one of the resources developed through the SCALES (Supporting the Canadian Advancement of Literacy and Essential Skills) project, a three-year initiative designed to develop tools and best practices to help practitioners working with unemployed and low-skilled workers to incorporate a Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) approach into their work.

This tool is a hands-on way to discover, confirm, and sort Essential Skills that have been acquired through work, learning, and life experiences. The cards can be used by a practitioner working one on one with a client, or as part of an employment workshop.

The card sort tool is based on the four-stage SCALES career development process, which involves assessing personal skills and gaining self-awareness; setting goals for life, learning, and work; determining how to reach those goals that have been established; and implementing a personal action plan.

Individual cards contain statements about skills, job requirements, and personal preferences. Participants determine whether they have a specific skill, or whether or not they like to do a certain task.

As the cards are sorted into categories, both the participant and the career practitioner will be able to observe patterns, skills, interests, and areas of improvement.

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