The instructor is a knowledgeable, patient, accommodating instructor. Very thorough in her explanations. Made sure we were comfortable; the learning atmosphere. Made classes interesting.

-Participant, Food Safety

Essential Skills

Conestoga College offers Essential Skills training to help employers improve productivity, reduce health and safety issues and develop skills.

What are Essential Skills?

Essential Skills are the foundation skills that technical and workplace-specific skills are built on. They include the four skills associated with literacy (reading, writing, document use and numeracy) as well as skills needed to be successful in today's workplace; computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others and continuous learning. The level of a worker’s Essential Skills can affect their health and safety record, productivity and professional development.

Learn more about Essential Skills Canada

How are Essential Skills Measured?

Conestoga College assesses Essential Skills levels in individuals and compares them to the standard required for the chosen trade/profession. Individual plans can be developed to enhance essential skills development. Essential Skills assessments and tools can also help in the development of job descriptions, recruitment of candidates, completion of performance appraisals, training plan development and promotion of existing employees.

Workshop Available: Workplace Communications

This workshop will provide individuals with an introduction to Essential Skills in the Workplace.

Workshop Objectives:

If you are an individual learner, click here to learn more about how you can upgrade your Essential Skills

To learn how Conestoga College can assist your organization with Essential Skills workshop deliveries and other training needs, please contact: