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Essential Skills

The 9 Essential Skills are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Document Use
  • Numeracy
  • Computer Use/Digital Skills
  • Thinking
  • Oral Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Continuous Learning

Essential Skills Canada Website


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Writing is one of 9 Essential Skills identified by the government of Canada and valued by employers across the country. Did you know that clear, concise, and effective writing is a form of literacy?

Sometimes it is challenging to understand how our writing skills affect our job prospects. Let’s look closer at what Essential Skills Canada says about the importance of writing skills.  We use writing skills to:

  • Organize and record information (e.g. to-do lists, procedures, inventory)
  • Document incidences (e.g. safety reports, incident reports)
  • Provide information to persuade and/or justify requests (e.g. customer communication/emails, funding requests, vacation requests)
  • Request information from others (e.g. asking for support, collaborating on projects, documenting needs)

Believe it or not, writing skills are required and used in each and every profession!  You can find out what Essential Skills, and Writing Skills in particular, are required for your profession in the links below.

NSCC students have access to a collection of video workshops called Student Lingo.  Workshops are categorized as follows:

  • Academic and Career Exploration
  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Learning to Learn
  • Personal Management
  • Online Learning
  • Success Strategies

Login to find over 40 workshops on various topics to help with your personal wellbeing and academic success.

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