Essential Skills Indicator (ESI)

The Essential Skills Indicator is a two and a half-day assessment workshop. At the end you will come away with a better understanding of your skills and abilities and what that might mean for the type of employment you are looking for.

Workshop activities and assessments focus on the Essential Skills that are needed for success at work:

  • Oral Communication / Working with Others
  • Thinking Skills
  • Using Digital Technology
  • Continuous Learning
  • Reading / Document Use / Writing / Numeracy

When: Day One and Day Two run from 9:30am to 3:30pm. During the half-day on Day Three, a 45 minute meeting will be scheduled for you with the ESM staff to talk about the assessment results and their meaning for employment, as well as discuss next steps.

What’s Next…

Upon completion of the assessment, your Report Summary will be forwarded to the appropriate contact based on your referral. You may be referred to:

Training and Employment Services (TES)
If you are referred to TES, you will given an appointment to meet with one of the following:

  • Career Development Consultant (CDC) to discuss your occupational-goals and the supports (such as training) you may need to move forward.
  • Pathway Support Unit (PSU) to discuss your occupational-goals and focus on your job search with a Labour Market Service Advisor (LMSA).

Employment & Income Assistance (EIA)
If you are referred to EIA, you will be recommended to arrange an appointment with your EIA Case Coordinator (CCO) to discuss the steps you will need to move forward.

Other Organizations
Upon your request, a copy of your Report Summary can be forwarded to another organization or contact.


There are three ways to register for this assessment:

  • speak with your Employment and Income Assistance Case Coordinator;
  • speak with your Training and Employment Services Career Development Consultant;
  • or you can register by calling 204-282-9980.