Investing in essential skills? Now is the time to start

September 20, 2012 - Tags: Training Employers

This guest blog post is provided by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, which aims to improve the skills Canadians need to adapt and succeed at work.

September 21, 2012 is Essential Skills Day; a day to celebrate the skills that people across the country use in all jobs that contribute to making Canadian workplaces successful businesses. It is part of Learn @ Work Week which also provides an opportunity to stop and think about your current and future business plans – whether you are just starting your business or growing your operations – and how investing in people and creating a strong foundation of essential skills is vital to realizing your goals.

Take this opportunity to get informed about the importance of essential skills for your business, help develop your employees' skills and raise awareness on the importance of having a highly skilled workforce.

Here are a few ways to help you get started:

  • If you are thinking of starting a business, attend an event to hear from other employers about the importance of essential skills to be successful in your industry and how workplace training contributes to a competitive edge.
  • If you have just started a business, conduct a needs assessment to better understand the strengths within your organization and opportunities to improve productivity.
  • If you are growing your business, take simple steps to help employees improve their skills as part of routine business activities. This does not have to be time consuming or complicated – start with one or two skills at a time.

By getting involved and taking action on essential skills, you are supporting the development of your employees which will help boost innovation, productivity and the overall competitiveness of your business.

For more information and to access helpful guides, checklists and worksheets, check out hrsdc.gc.ca/essentialskills.

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