Essential Skills Workshop Learning Outcomes To understand what is meant by ‘Essential Skills’ and why they are important To learn where you can go to assess your level of Essential Skills To be aware of the importance of continuing to develop your Essential Skills What are Skills? Activities that you know how to do well Gained through… Education Training Life experience What are my Skills? Brainstorming Activity: List as many skills as you can in 2 minutes Skills categories… Personal Management ● time ● organizational ● Facebook Specialized ● forklift certificate Transferable ● skills you can transfer from one job to another Essential ● needed for work, life and learning Brainstorming Activity List the Essential Ingredients needed to Make a Cake Essential Skills are… Skills that employers expect in their employees Skills that lead to success in the workplace They provide the foundation for learning all other skills Used throughout daily life in different forms and at different levels of difficulty There are NINE Essential Skills Reading Text Document Use Numeracy Writing Oral Communication Working with others Thinking Skills Computer Use Continuous Learning http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/essential_skills/general/home.shtml Essential Skill Workplace Example Reading Text A Sales Representative Reading and needs to read manuals understanding a for product descriptions lease agreement for & knowledge renting an apartment Reading magazines and newspapers You are using this skill right now Understanding materials written in sentences or paragraphs Life Examples Essential Skill Workplace Example A Tour Guide consults bus and ferry schedules, and reads Using and luggage tags & street understanding labels, signs graphs, charts, tables, signs and other similar materials Document Use Life Examples Filling out a job application This slide is a document Finding out the temperature by reading a thermometer Essential Skill Workplace Example Life Examples Numeracy A Cashier uses money math to calculate change for the customer Measuring Using and understanding numbers and money ingredients for a recipe Calculating tip for food service Scheduling time and budgeting money Essential Skill Workplace Example Writing A Security Guard writes Creating a shopping incident reports and list memos to supervisors Writing a resume or cover letter Preparing an e-mail Writing text or typing on a computer Life Examples Essential Skill Workplace Examples Life Examples A Nurse talks with Explaining a medical other health problem to your Doctor professionals to Comforting others Using speech to share exchange information Asking for directions thoughts and information on patients’ treatment plans Oral Communication Essential Skill Workplace Example Life Examples Working with Others On a construction site many different tradesmen have to work together to complete a project Helping Interacting with others to complete tasks a friend move into a new apartment Participating on a sports team Coordinating a party Essential Skill Workplace Example Thinking A Daycare Teacher Critical thinking when (Early Childhood confronted with an Educator) must decide if emergency a parent should be Using your memory to called when a child recall information appears ill Researching on the computer Reviewing information to make decisions Life Examples Essential Skill Workplace Example Life Examples Computer Use Food Servers enter customer’s food order into a computerized cash register Withdrawing Using different kinds of computer applications and other related technical tools or depositing money at an automatic teller machine (ATM) Sending e-mails with attachments to multiple users Faxing your resume Essential Skill Workplace Example Continuous Learning A Construction Worker Attending a job search takes a one-day first aid program course Learning new skills from co-workers Upgrading academic subjects to receive your GED (General Educational Development) Participating in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge Life Examples Break Time Let’s take a 10 minute break……. ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR… LIFE http://jlang.com/essential_skills/rent.html ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR… WORK Essential Skills are linked to job postings, employment, and career planning Essential Skills In... JOB POSTINGS Essential Skills In… Career Planning Let’s visit the Ontario Skills Passport Website… ESSENTIAL SKILLS LEVELS… Levels of Essential Skills refers to how difficult the tasks are Complexity levels range from 1 (very basic) to 5 (most advanced) For Example… Level One: Sift through the deck of cards and find an Ace Level Two: Find all the Aces in deck of cards Level Three: Arrange all the cards from lowest to highest, in their own suits Level Four: Pull out the cards needed to give you the highest poker hand Level Five: Using your knowledge of how card games are played, create your own game Examples of tasks and their complexity levels Computer Use • use computer applications, such as specialized software to issue tickets. (level 1) • use communications software. For example, communicate with co-workers by e-mail. (level 2) • use a database. For example, find and record information, book flights and process cargo loads. Booking flights requires co-coordinating connecting flights, seat availability and fare structures. (level 3) Oral Communication • interact with customers to respond to ticket requests, answer questions, exchange information or discuss flight or shipping options. (level 1) • make boarding announcements, in both official languages. (level 1) • attend staff meetings to discuss how to improve work processes. (level 2) • exchange information and co-ordinate work with supervisors and coworkers. (level 2) ESSENTIAL SKILLS… ASSESSMENTS How do you measure your Essential Skills level? Test of Workplace Essential Skills • Reading text • Document use • Numeracy Using authentic workplace documents A GREAT PRACTICE SITE IS… Measure Up Website http://measureup.towes.com/ For on-line assessments you can go to… Human Resources and Skills Development Canada http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/L ES/tools_resources/tools_audience/general/ online_indicator.shtml http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/tools_resources/lear ning.shtml Oral Communication Tips Slow down your speech and pronounce words clearly and correctly. Vary your pitch, tone and volume to emphasize key words or sentences. Record yourself speaking and then listen to the recording to analyze your pitch, tone, speed and volume. Essential Skills Video Resources The Sto:Lo Nation Human Resources Development Website http://www.saset.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12 2&Itemid=155 www.myerc.ca WHAT ESSENTIAL SKILLS DID YOU USE IN THIS WORKSHOP TODAY? This project was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada.