Starting Somewhere, Sharing Everywhere.

Essential Skill 1:  Reading Text  

Reading sentences or paragraphs. For example: notes, letters, emails, magazines, manuals, regulations, books, reports, product labels, legal agreements. Includes words on paper and words on a screen.

Essential Skill 2:  Document Use

Understanding visual images such as graphs, lists, tables, drawings, symbols, signs, maps, labels, forms, x-rays. The visual display or arrangement gives meaning to the content.

Essential Skill 3:  Numeracy  

Using numbers and being able to think in terms of “amounts”. For example: Money math, Scheduling or budgeting/accounting, Measurement/calculation, Data analysis, and Estimation may require solving problems by using numbers.

Essential Skill 4:  Writing   

Writing words to share ideas. For example: Writing notes, emails, letters, reports, orders, logbook entries, text messages. Includes “pen and paper” writing and keyboarding.

Essential Skill 5:  Oral Communication

Speaking and listening to share thoughts or information. For example: greeting, telling stories, giving advice, sharing ideas, facilitating, coordinating tasks, explaining, discussing. Can be face-to-face, or using technology.

Essential Skill 6:  Working With Others

Interacting with family, friends, community members, students and co-workers to accomplish tasks together.

Essential Skill 7:  Thinking Skills

Using your brain to: Solve problems, Make decisions, Think critically, Plan and organize tasks, Remember and Find information


Essential Skill 8:  Digital Technology

Using technology. For example: computers, cell phones, GPs, digital cameras, iPods, and MP3s, gaming devices, computerized cash registers, Blackberries, iPhones. Includes using the Internet and email.

Essential Skill 9:  Continuous Learning

Gaining skills and knowledge throughout life. Includes: Learning how to learn, Understanding your learning style, Knowing how to find resources and learning opportunities.

Our Story

Aboriginal Essential Skills Guiding Team

AESGT is a group of individuals who work within the Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) and are passionate about literacy and learning. We are an organization who collaborate together working within the BC/Yukon regions. The AESGT is committed to building our own internal capacity on Essential Skills and alternatively keenly driven to sharing our ideas, program models, resources, successes and best practices for the benefit of the communities who we work for.

We believe in continuous learning and understanding the various assessment tools that support Essential Skills building along with looking at ways to integrate Essential Skills into current programming.  Working within employment services, we are united in our intent to assist each other in building effective tools and cases for Essential Skills integration that enhance learning and steer people toward self-reliance.

Essential Skills Definition:

The skills people need for work, learning and life.  They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and are the cornerstone of lifelong learning.  Click play on the video below to watch part I of our nationally renowned Essential Skills Investigation video series.  Watch the other parts under our resources section or click here to purchase the DVD’s and Facilitator Guide.

Our Mission Statement:

To work together to increase our capacity to deliver quality Essential Skills programming within our service areas, and to freely share any models, materials and resources that result from our efforts.

Our Philosophy:

To work with like-minded individuals and organizations that seeks to support Essential Skills building for all by incorporating the core values of:

Collaboration: Working with Each Other

Sharing: We Use, Participate in, Enjoy, and Receive Equally

Honest Conversation: Through Honour in Principled Intentions and Actions

Willingness to Support Each Other:  By Cheerful Consent and Actions

Participation: The Sharing Circle, as in it Benefits Us All

Communication to the Wider Circle: Keeping Connected

Openness:  Through Working Together