Meeting the Challenge (2005)

A Guide to Working with Essential Skills

This resource highlights the importance of Essential Skills, those basic skills that we use every day to take part in activities of daily living and to do the tasks required in our job. This guide provides information on a number of programs, tools, best practices, applications, initiatives and pilot projects from across Canada that focus on Essential Skills. The guide begins by describing what is meant by the term "Essential Skills" and discusses why these skills are so important. The next section looks at the federal government's skills development commitment, specifically the Essential Skills and Workplace Literacy Initiative. The last and largest part of this guide, entitled "Essential Skills in Action," consists of scenarios that show how various organizations and groups across the country have already taken on the Essential Skills challenge. These scenarios, from industry, the learning system, provincial governments, the private sector and others, demonstrate the wide array of applications that Essential Skills have for daily life, for learning opportunities, and for meeting the changing needs of Canadian workplaces.

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