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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.

September is Literacy Month and September 9th is Essential Skills Day!

Employers: Celebrate Essential Skills Day this fall with free skills training 

September 20, 2018 marks the 9th annual national Essential Skills Day. ABC will be celebrating with a social media campaign for 9 days leading up to the big day. We invite you to follow along as well as join in using the hashtags #The9AtWork and #ESD2018.

This Essential Skills Day, take a moment to reflect: could your workplace benefit from skills training? According to the experts, the answer is yes. Research shows that offering workplace literacy and essential skills training at work makes for thriving businesses, and happier, healthier, more adaptable workers. This includes training on employability skills or “soft skills,” which we offer through our UP Skills for Work program. Bring workplace literacy training to your workplace this fall and sign up for our free UP Skills for Work program today!