Why are they important? Essential Skills are career building blocks. They provide the foundation for learning technical skills and working safely.
People with strong Essential Skills are:
- More employable.
They find work 29 weeks faster than people with poor Essential Skills.
They earn more money. In Canada, about 28 percent of what we earn is directly related to our level of Essential Skills. Nothing else - not even education and experience - contributes as much to income.
- More productive.
They make fewer mistakes and better decisions.
They are less likely to injure themselves or others on the job.
- Fast learners.
They learn technical skills for work, like how to operate equipment, faster.
- Better at adapting to change.
They apply what they've learned in the past to new situations and need less retraining.
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