Workplace Essential Skills (2010)

This document, one in a series of fact sheets published by the NWT Literacy Council, defines essential skills -- reading, document use, writing, numeracy, oral communication, thinking, working with others, computer use and lifelong learning – and then offers examples of how those skills are used in the workplace.

To illustrate lifelong learning, for example, the authors describe a woman taking a course to learn a new computer accounting program. Numeracy is illustrated by a man correctly measuring and cutting wood for his construction work. When the man meets with people for whom he is building houses, he is using the essential skill of working with people.

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NWT Literacy Council. Workplace Essential Skills 2010. Web. 2 Feb. 2023 <>
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