Essential Skills Training


Essential Skills Training

Essential Skills are needed for success in work, learning and life. They are the foundational skills that make it easier to learn all other skills. A strong foundation in Essential Skills can help people perform tasks required by their occupation, provide people with foundation for learning other skills, and enhance peoples’ ability to be innovative and adapt to workplace change.

Parkland College offers customized training to respond to the specific needs of your organization and the current or future needs of employees. Newly learned skills can be applied immediately with visible results.

An assessment can be conducted to determine an individuals Essential Skill level in three main areas: Reading Text, Document Use and Numeracy. The College can then provide a targeted training program to assist people to build Essential skills necessary for competency in tasks.

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Essential Skills brochure

Nine Essential Skills:

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


Training Schedule

Who Would Benefit?

Workplace Essential Skills Training may be beneficial to the following types of organizations:

  • private, public and not-for-profit employers;
  • municipalities;
  • band/tribal councils;
  • employer/employee associations; and
  • industry associations

Customized Training:

Developing your employee’s Essential Skills can help your organization be more productive and competitive.

Parkland College can assess your workplace needs and develop customized training that reflects the distinct needs of your organization through:

Workplace Training

  • One on One Essential skills upgrading
  • Group training
  • Project based training

Workplace Mentorship Programs:

  • Customized programming
  • Group training
  • Practical application

Employer Benefits

  • Increased productivity, reduced absenteeism
  • Improved safety
  • Improved employee retention; and
  • Highly skilled workforce

Employee Benefits:

  • Increased initiative and innovation
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Increase in transferable skills
  • Opportunity to share knowledge and skills


Program Information

Erin Sobkow

Coordinator, Essential Skills

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Last Updated: January 19, 2021