Posted:15 December 2015
Author: Shaba Qureshi, Community Learning Network
Found in: Essential Skills
Interesting fact – all 5 of the CALP regions listed Essential Skills (ES) as one of their top professional development needs.
So, if you’re new to Essential Skills, you might not know where to start. Let me guide you…
Your primary source for all things Essential Skills is the Government of Canada, who began the research for the ES way back in the late 80’s, early 90’s. They sent out a group of trained interviewers to talk to hundreds and hundreds of competent workers across Canada so that they could pinpoint what the essential skills actually are.
From that research, the Essential Skills framework was developed. Here’s the link to the framework:
So, you’re on that page and you’re not sure what to look at first. Here are my suggestions for “mining” the content for your own purposes:
Click on Understanding Essential Skills (this is a short read, 5- 10 minutes)
Click on Essential Skills Profiles and then scroll down that page to Reader’s guide to essential skills profiles (for developers) (make a coffee and settle in, this is a long read)
Click on Tools and Resources and then the Apprentices and Tradespersons tab on that screen.
You’ll see sample tasks that show how the ES are used in those professions and on-the-job stories that describe how the ES are embedded in these tradespeople’s daily work
There are also over 350 Essential Skills Job Profiles available online at the Job Bank website:
These profiles describe the Essential Skills and complexity levels for workplace tasks in over 350 jobs.
How can you use these profiles as a CALP?
So, there’s a wealth of knowledge just between these two websites. Spend some time and browse around. You’ll be surprised at how many tools and resources align with your goals for helping the adult learners in your community.
In a few weeks, my next blog will introduce you to a few Canadian websites that have Essential Skills activities you can use in your programs.
Until next time - happy Essential Skills hunting!
Regional Support Staff