Essential Skills For Pre-Employment and Portfolio Development

Essential skills are the foundation for learning. Essential skills also help people prepare for, get, and keep a job. The Government of Canada and other agencies have identified nine key Essential Skills : Numeracy, Oral Communication, Working with Others, Continuous Learning, Reading Text, Writing, Thinking, Document Use, and  Digital Skills. Click here to find out what Essential Skills look like on the job.

Essential Life Skills Resources

Test Your Essential Skills

The essential skills indicator will help you gain a better understanding of your essential skills levels.

Skills Cometences Canada

Supporting a Pan-Canadian approach to promoting skilled careers in trades and technologies.

Everyday Life Activities

These interactive Everyday Life activities offer an opportunity to experience life’s daily challenges without real-world consequences.

Personal Finance

Managing money is a learned skill for most of us. Luckily, these lessons cover the basics and more. Use them to set strategies for financial success, from creating a budget to paying taxes online.

Essential Career Skills Resources

Career Planning

Looking to advance in your career? Embarking on a new one? Use these lessons to plan your career, apply for jobs, balance work life, and get the training needed to succeed in today’s marketplace.

Workplace Skills

Use these lessons to make a good impression at work. Learn all about what’s expected of you as a new employee, how to complete paperwork, what you need to know about benefits and time off, and more.

Free Workplace Health and Safety e-Courses

Free safety training to the people of Nova Scotia. These courses are delivered, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and provide up-to-date and relevant topics in both health and safety.

Skills Online NS

Thousands of FREE online courses on the most important workplace topics to improve their skills and career prospects. Click on the following sections to learn how the program can help you:

ACALA works closely with Career Connections : Nova Scotia Works who provide support for job searching, career planning and skills development. They can also help you find funding for employment-related training.

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