Essential Skills in Canadian Workplaces (2007)

Final Report

This document summarizes the results of a survey of 1,500 Canadian employers carried out early in 2007 to examine perceptions surrounding Essential Skills in the workplace.

The authors note that while awareness of the term seems high, employers are more likely to cite job-specific skills as examples of Essential Skills, rather than seeing it as a common set of transferrable skills required for any job.

Other findings suggest that oral communication and working with others are the top-rated skills among employers; informal training is more prevalent than formal training, although majorities of employers rate both as being a high priority; training is most often used to improve productivity in an organization.

The authors also note that most employers have youth employees but only roughly two in ten have employees who are Aboriginal or recent immigrants. Of these three groups, youth receive the highest amount of training in Essential Skills.

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