Workplace Education Services

What are Essential Skills?

Can you afford for your employees to have inadequate essential skills for the workplace? Essential Skills are the skills that people use to carry out everyday life and works tasks. Essential Skills are the skills used in all occupations.

There are nine Essential Skills

  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Oral Communication
  • Thinking Skills
  • Working with Others
  • Computer Use
  • Continual Learning

The way we use these skills vary. For example, writing skills are required in many occupations. Some workers fill out simple forms everyday while others write daily or monthly reports.

Essential Skills are enabling skills that

  • help people do the tasks that are required in their job
  • provide people with a foundation to learn other skills
  • increase peoples’ ability to adapt to change

Our Workplace Education Services

We are the adult learning network in Hamilton.  We work with the entire adult education community and directly support the adult Literacy and Basic Skills organizations.  We have the partnerships to connect you with the right services to meet your needs.

Our Workplace Education Service will help you

  • determine the training and educational needs of your company through an Organizational Training Needs Assessment
  • create a program for your specific needs
  • select trainers for your program
  • select outside program evaluators

Contact us for more information.
Sara Gill at 905-527-2222 or

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.