(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ)

I have recently taken a course in the nine essential workplace skills. And believe it or not, the federal government has analyzed all the occupations in Canada, and broken them out into nine essential skills. I won’t talk about all of them, but some of them are working well with others, being able to read, being able to calculate, and being able to analyze. These nine essential skills have complexity levels associated with them.

So speaking English, if you’re a new immigrant, or someone that has low literacy skills, you may have a very simple level. And it moves along a curve to level five, which is the top. And most Canadians are at about a level three, in terms of literacy, speaking, comprehension, and numerical skills. When you create something, you’re at a level four. When you create and teach it, you’re at a level five for example. When you comprehend something well, a level three. When you struggle, level two. And if it’s very, very difficult, it’s a level one.

The nine essential skills can be used to target areas that everyone needs improvement on. We’re all on a gradient, and we all have skills we’re good at, and skills we’re not so good at. Some strategies are to delegate to people that are better in the areas you’re not, or to work on improving your weaknesses, so that they can meet a level three as a minimum. So the nine essential skills, the Alberta Workplace Essential Skills Society has a program or method of assessing skills, for a nominal fee, you can go on their works, on their website, and Google it. And you can then target your workplace to ensure people are meeting the skill level. Never discipline for lack of skill. For a poor attitude, yes, but lack of skill, no. For example, people employ the Five Whys in safety, to investigate incidents.

The Five Whys is at a level four, if your workplace is at a level one or two, they’re not gonna get it. You can scaffold them to a level four by using tools like checklists, or concrete terms. So be aware of the strategies, be aware of the nine essential skills, and you will have targeted, competency based training, that will meet the new health and safety requirements, coming into effect in 2/19.

To learn more about Alberta Workforce Essential Skills – Visit our friends at AWES – http://www.awes.ca