Essential Skills Manitoba
‘Launcher’ Assessment

LAUNCHER is an Essential Skills Assessment that identifies your current Essential Skills. The assessments cover all nine Essential Skills and include paper and pen/pencil assessments integrated into an activity-packed week. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate all of your current Essential Skills through these activities and assessments.

You will also learn about Employability Skills and Personal Management Basics (PMBs). These skills will also be observed and may also be identified on your Report Summary, along with your Essential Skills.


Prior to being scheduled for Career Launcher, you will attend an Orientation. Orientations are typically two-hours and occur Monday afternoon. They include a brief presentation about what you can expect during the five-day assessment, and a chance for you to ask any questions you may have. You will also complete the ESM intake form and schedule your assessment.


Throughout the week, you will be assessd formally, and through observation and conversations. Existing assessment methods include paper and pen/pencil assessments, semi-structured conversations, skill demonstrations, standardized Essential Skills assessments, self-assessments, and group activities.


During the week, you will also learn about the Employability Skills and Personal Management Basics (PMBs) that employers are looking for.


You will also learn how computers can support your occupational-goal through reviewing job search web sites, research into education, and online career planning. Our computers are equipped with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2013.


This assessment may be helpful if you:

  • want to learn more about the nine Essential Skills for the workplace and how to apply them;
  • want to identify your current Essential Skills levels;
  • want to discover the options and supports that are available to help you achieve your occupational-goal;
  • and are ready and willing to invest five-days in yourself and your future!

If you would like to discuss if you are a good fit for this program, please contact us at: 204-282-9980.


ESM staff have access to and knowledge of various supports for every need. While in the program, please speak with a facilitator if you are struggling or need assistance with anything that may be hindering your success.


Expect to be in class Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You will get two 15-minute breaks and one 45-minute lunch break each day.

Report Summary

Upon completion of Launcher, a Report Summary identifying your current Essential Skills levels and recommendations will be developed.

The Report Summary will identify your current Essential Skills levels in Reading, Writing, Document Use, and Numeracy (Math). Feedback will also be provided on strengths and areas for development for all nine Essentials Skills and Employability Skills. If applicable, recommendations for upgrading and training will be included in the Report Summary. This may include ESM’s Essential Skills Training or Reach Forward. A copy will be mailed to you.

Essential Skills Training (EST) provides you with the Essential Skills needed to progress towards your occupational-goal. The Essential Skills you will develop in this program are transferable skills required in every workplace.

Reach Forward provides training in Employability Skills, Life Skills, and Essential Skills. All training and activities used in the program will reflect real workplace documents, situations, and practices.

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:

Skills and Employment Partnerships (SEP)

If you are referred to SEP, you will be given an appointment to meet:

  • Career Development Consultant (CDC) to discuss your occupational-goals and the supports (such as training) you may need to move forward.

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.

How to Register

There are three ways to register for this assessment:

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