Essential Skills Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization that helps move Manitobans toward their employment goals. We provide a number of Essential Skills assessments and training programs that are designed to help participants develop the skills needed to find meaningful, sustainable employment.
Assessments and training are based on the skills required to be successful in an occupation or workplace of your choice. Using Essential Skills-based assessments, Essential Skills Manitoba can inform you of the skills required for a particular occupation, measure your current Essential Skill levels, and provide specific recommendations for you to upgrade your Essential Skills. Assessments can range from one-day to five-days and training can take as little as five weeks to six months.
"People looking for work who have strong Essential Skills find employment faster than those who don’t - 29 weeks faster, in fact. That’s more than seven months."
Essential Skills: The Obvious Choice, Canadian Plastics Sector Council
Reading is the ability to read and comprehend written information that may be found in several workplace documents. These documents may include: instructions, emails and memos, health and safety manuals, policies, and reports. This skill is used to scan documents for information and overall meaning, evaluate the information, and integrate information from multiple sources.
Document Use is the ability to find and use information written in a document, as well as input information as needed. Examples of documents you may use in the workplace are: graphics, labels, lists, spreadsheets, forms, graphs, signs, maps, gauges, schedules, schematics, and technical drawings.
Numeracy is the ability to use numbers and think mathematically. This skill includes the ability to measure and make calculations, estimate figures, work with money, analyze numerical trends, and create schedules and budgets.
Oral Communication is the ability to converse with others - providing and exchanging information and ideas. This skill includes asking questions, giving directions, coordinating work tasks, explaining, and persuading.
Working With Others is the ability to lead, coordinate, or collaborate work activities with others. This skill is used when you work as a member of a team or jointly with a person, as well as in supervisory or leadership activities.
Digital Technology is the ability to use information and communication technology. This skill includes computer use for the workplace or personal tasks, as well as operating a smartphone or cash register. Examples may include word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing, and email.
Continuous Learning is the ability to develop and apply strategies that support learning, as well as the ability to adapt to change. This skill is used when you learn from regular work and co-workers, as well as when you receive training on-site/off-site from the workplace.
Thinking is the ability to problem-solve, plan and organize, find information, analyze situations, memorize, and make decisions. This skill is used in the process to solve problems, plan and organize your workday and schedule, research, and make decisions.
Writing is the ability to use clear and concise language to create messages. This also includes non-paper-based writing such as typing on a computer. Writing skills are used to organize, record, and document information, as well as to persuade, request, and justify.