Why are strong Essential Skills important in the workplace?

Businesses increasingly require employees to have strong Essential Skills.
But almost half of Canadians are ill-equipped to be their best at their jobs.

As an employer, you know the success of your business is tied to how well your employees can do their jobs; but some may lack the Essential Skills needed to succeed.

Essential Skills are foundational skills and as indicated by the graphic on the right, a solid knowledge in Essential Skills makes it easier to learn technical skills and job specific skills.

A lack of foundational skills (Essential Skills)—from reading to oral communication—could be the underlying cause of:

  • high error rates
  • lower-than-expected productivity
  • poor safety records
  • supervisor and employer frustration

Training employees on Essential Skills can help avoid these problems.