Workshops

Skills in Action is host to six Essential Skills training programs totalling more than 60 hours of online interactive training designed to help manufacturing businesses upgrade their workers’ Essential Skills and prepare them to learn and acquire new skills. Skills in Action is host to six Essential Skills training programs totalling more than 60 hours of online interactive training designed to help manufacturing businesses upgrade their workers’ Essential Skills and prepare them to learn and acquire new skills.

According to The Conference Board of Canada here are some of the immediate results employers see when they choose to upgrade their employee’s essential skills:

  • Increase in quality of work
  • Change in attitude
  • A decrease in production time
  • A decline in error rate
  • Waste reduction for goods or services production
  • Safer and more productive workplace
  • Lower turnover rate
  • Increase in profitability
Getting Ready With Workplace Essential Skills
Essential Skills are the skills that are required to complete all workplace tasks. Getting Ready with Workplace Essential Skills covers critical skills such as problem-solving, decision making, and the ability to understand what is being asked or is required, all of which are essential for workplace success. In the workplace, developing these skills makes it easier to complete tasks such as determining what the requirements are for a new refrigerator motor that workers will need to manufacture.

Here are the module topics in the Getting Ready Unit:

  • Analyze Tasks
  • Analyze Questions
  • Locate Information

Validate Solutions Being able to use these four strategies, alone and in combination, will provide the foundation needed to effectively complete workplace tasks that also require reading, document use and numeracy skills.

Learners will earn badges when they complete a topic area.

Getting Ready With Workplace Essential Skills
Essential Skills are the skills that are required to complete all workplace tasks. Getting Ready with Workplace Essential Skills covers critical skills such as problem-solving, decision making, and the ability to understand what is being asked or is required, all of which are essential for workplace success. In the workplace, developing these skills makes it easier to complete tasks such as determining what the requirements are for a new refrigerator motor that workers will need to manufacture.

Here are the module topics in the Getting Ready Unit:

  • Analyze Tasks
  • Analyze Questions
  • Locate Information

Validate Solutions Being able to use these four strategies, alone and in combination, will provide the foundation needed to effectively complete workplace tasks that also require reading, document use and numeracy skills.

Learners will earn badges when they complete a topic area.

Getting Ready With Workplace Essential Skills

Essential Skills are the skills that are required to complete all workplace tasks. Getting Ready with Workplace Essential Skills covers critical skills such as problem-solving, decision making, and the ability to understand what is being asked or is required, all of which are essential for workplace success. In the workplace, developing these skills makes it easier to complete tasks such as determining what the requirements are for a new refrigerator motor that workers will need to manufacture.

Here are the module topics in the Getting Ready Unit:

  • Analyze Tasks
  • Analyze Questions
  • Locate Information

Validate Solutions Being able to use these four strategies, alone and in combination, will provide the foundation needed to effectively complete workplace tasks that also require reading, document use and numeracy skills.

Learners will earn badges when they complete a topic area.

Reading Text

Essential Skills are the skills that are required to complete all workplace tasks. The essential skill of reading refers to the ability to understand reading material in the form of sentences or paragraphs. In the workplace, it generally involves reading notes, letters, memos, manuals, specifications, regulations, books, reports or journals, and can include print and non-print media. For example, text on computer screens.

Here are the module topics in the Reading Text Unit:

  • Use Key Words and Key Phrases
  • Scan to Quickly Find Information
  • Use Headings to Search
  • Decode Indirect Information
  • Combine Information
  • Skim for the Main Idea
  • Confirm Unfamiliar Information
  • Follow Steps
  • Integrate Information

Developing reading skills makes it easier to complete tasks such as quickly locating the answer to the question, “How many parts per million of H2S gas will result in the total loss of the ability to smell odour?” in an 18 page booklet.

Document Use

Essential Skills are the skills that are required to complete all workplace tasks. The essential skill of Document Use involves a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, icons, and other visual characteristics, for example line, colour, shape, are given meaning by their spatial arrangement. In the workplace it generally involves interpreting graphs, charts, lists, tables, blueprints, schematics, drawings, signs, and labels. Document Use at work includes print and non-print media: for example, text on computer screens and numbers on equipment gauges.

Here are the module topics in the Document Use Ready Unit:

  • Lists
  • List Order
  • Tables
  • Complex Tables
  • Intersecting Lists
  • Entry Forms
  • Entry Forms – Abbreviations and Terms
  • Fill Entry Forms
  • Integrate Information in Multiple Display Formats
  • Arrange Information Displays

In the workplace, developing your document use skills makes it easier for you to complete tasks such as completing an order form for the nails that will be used to build a temporary storage unit.

Numeracy

Essential Skills are the skills that are required to complete all workplace tasks. The essential skill of Numeracy refers to the ability to use numbers and to think in quantitative terms. In the workplace it generally involves numerical estimation, money math, scheduling or budgeting, data analysis, or making measurements. Numeracy at work includes using tools such as computers, scales and calculators, and calculations completed “in your head.”

Here are the module topics in the Numeracy Unit:

  • Numeracy Problems
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Conversion
  • Numeracy Operations
  • Advanced Numeracy Problems
  • Measurement
  • Calculate Orders and Requisitions
  • Calculate Invoices and Material Costs
  • Estimation

In the workplace, developing your numeracy skills makes it easier for you to complete tasks such as calculating the correct amounts on supplier and customer invoices including taxes, shipping and handling.

Digital Skills

Essential Skills are the skills that are required to complete all workplace tasks. Digital technologies change the way we work, learn and run businesses. The digital skills unit is designed to help learners/workers learn how to use digital tools and information to accomplish work tasks such as communicating with coworkers by email, doing research online, learning to create and access a user account on a website and protect personal information and learning to use tools of cloud computing.

Here are the module topics in the Digital Skills Unit:

  • Communicating by Email
  • Viewing Documents Online
  • Completing a Transaction Online
  • Using Technology to Coordinate, Collaborate and Learn

In the workplace, developing digital skills makes it easier to complete tasks related to using digital technologies.