Parkland College hosted an Essential Skills Day celebration Friday in Yorkton to share the importance of Essential Skills with employers and the public. The event also showcased the various Essential Skills projects conducted by the College.
Essential Skills Day is organized annually to raise awareness and celebrate the importance of nine Essential Skills as defined by the Government of Canada: reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking, computer use, and continuous learning.
“Each of us needs a good set of Essential Skills to succeed in work and everyday life. We use them all the time,” said Gail Gorchynski, Essential Skills Consultant at Parkland College.
“In order to learn anything else or even train for a job, you need Essential Skills as a solid foundation to achieve success. Everyone benefits when Essential Skills development is emphasized.”
The benefits are particularly apparent for Canadian employers. They report that improved literacy skills result in increased retention, productivity, ability to work independently, and increased usage of new technology. Improved skills also reduce absenteeism, health and safety incidents, and error rates. Meanwhile, employees who participate in Literacy and Essential Skills programs increase their level of self-confidence, acquire new skills, are better prepared to seek promotion opportunities, and believe that they are valued by their workplaces.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.
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