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Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies this week launched a national awareness campaign to promote the importance of essential skills for young people who are...


October 3, 2013  


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Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies this week launched a national awareness campaign to promote the importance of essential skills for young people who are seeking to build careers in Canada’s skilled trades sectors. The nine basic skills identified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) are numeracy, oral communications, working with others, continuous learning, reading text, writing, thinking, document use and digital skills.

“To ensure that Canada continues to have a strong skilled workforce, it is important to inform youth, parents and educators about the core requirements in building successful careers in skilled trades and technologies,” said Christianne Scholfield, the director of essential skills at  Skills/Compétences Canada. “Working together with government, business and education partners, this campaign will highlight the essential skills that are critical in ensuring the skilled trades and technologies workforce is trained and equipped to meet and adapt to the evolving needs of employers”.

A recent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of ABC Life Literacy Canada revealed that three in four (74%) of Canadian employers consider essential skills as “strategically relevant to their business.”