This report grew out of a project entitled Provincial Partnerships to Promote Essential Skills: Motivation, Process and Outcomes. The partners agreed to focus on an Essential Skills resource for frontline practitioners and they developed a manual for that purpose. Originally, the focus was on developing a workshop that could be presented in venues appropriate to each of the project partners. However, after further discussion, it was agreed that the workshop format would limit the number of people who could benefit from it.
The document includes a history of literacy in Canada, leading up to the development of Essential Skills. Other chapters explain literacy and Essential Skills in the Canadian context and set out how Essential Skills connect to adult literacy. One chapter discusses how Essential Skills profiles can be developed for jobs included in the National Occupational Classification while a subsequent chapter focuses on tips for using such profiles in employment services to learners and clients, upgrading programs and career research. The final chapter includes tips and resources for using Essential Skills as learning opportunities.
The document also has a number of appendices, including a glossary of abbreviations and acronyms, an Essential Skills and levels comparison chart and a set of tips for using the National Occupational Classification to find ES profiles.