Essential Skills Website
The next step to embracing Essential Skills is to explore the ES Website (www.rhdcc-hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/essential_skills/general/home.shtml). Community Literacy of Ontario found it to be a fascinating and comprehensive site, with multiple links and levels. We recommend taking small bites and savouring each one individually. Visit this site often to check for updates and new resources.
The ES website is hosted by Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), and all information on it was created by the Essential Skills and Workplace Literacy Initiative. The key products are the ES Profiles and a collection of authentic materials gathered from a wide range of Canadian workplaces.
At the top of the main menu, which runs down the left side of the page, you will find the Understanding Essential Skills link (www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/
essential_skills/general/understanding_es.shtml) that provides, among other things, the nine Essential Skills definitions. Scroll down to How Can I Use This Site? for a handy link to ES information that literacy practitioners will find helpful. The page provides a brief guide to using ES Profiles, the Readers' Guide, and authentic workplace materials to enhance your program and help students set skill development targets.
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