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Trends in Essential Skills- What will Essential Skills look like in the future?

A little back story about Essential Skills, About 25 years ago, the Office of Literacy and Essential skills developed the Essential Skills framework that includes these 9 skills that provided a foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to better prepare for, get and keep a job, and adapt successfully at work.

The 9 skills include:

  1. Reading Text

  2. Document Use

  3. Numeracy

  4. Writing

  5. Working with others

  6. Thinking Skills

  7. Oral Communication

  8. Computer Skills

  9. Continuous Learning

After reading the article by David, Janet, and Scott named Competency frameworks and Canada's Essential Skills in the link:

It shows that in times of change especially during COVID we might have to adapt the 9 essential skills that we came to master in the last 25 years to fit towards the future times.

Computer Skills to be adapted to Digital Technology:

The world and technology are constantly changing, we must be open and willing to keep learning. The connection among people and computer skills has been recorded widely in the previous many decades yet still can't seem to be checked on through the perspective of the current worldwide pandemic. I think we can all agree that the quickly developing writing on computerized innovation use during the current COVID‐19 pandemic has been significant. I think expanding computer skills to digital technology to include more avenues of communication is important in our world today.

Working with others may need an online component

When COVID-19 constrained organizations everywhere in the world to send their employees to work from home or remote working, the title of teamwork had a redefining moment. Despite the fact that the pandemic may have been the impetus for distant work for a huge number of employers and employees it's a long way from the solitary motivation to work from home but it is the best way forward.

Document Use will need a subsection or put new emphasis on online forms

At the point when COVID-19 lockdowns came, Canada's business protection framework neglected to cover enough of the Canadian labor force that was influenced and flopped officially to stay aware of the flood in applications for benefits. In addition to the fact that CERB had to drastically build the portion of laborers who were covered, yet it additionally needed to adopt a fundamentally more adaptable strategy to characterizing the qualifying conditions under which former employees were paid. We had to adapt fast to the online systems of using documents.


I felt like these 3 points were important to address as improving Essential Skills is a lifelong task. Essential skills not only need to be developed but they need to be kept up-to-date.

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