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Essential Skill 1:  Reading Text  


Reading sentences or paragraphs. For example: notes, letters, emails, magazines, manuals, regulations, books, reports, product labels, legal agreements. Includes words on paper and words on a screen.


Essential Skill 2:  Document Use
                           
 


Understanding visual images such as graphs, lists, tables, drawings, symbols, signs, maps, labels, forms, x-rays. The visual display or arrangement gives meaning to the content.


Essential Skill 3:  Numeracy  


Using numbers and being able to think in terms of “amounts”. For example: Money math, Scheduling or budgeting/accounting, Measurement/calculation, Data analysis, and Estimation may require solving problems by using numbers.


Essential Skill 4:  Writing   


Writing words to share ideas. For example: Writing notes, emails, letters, reports, orders, logbook entries, text messages. Includes “pen and paper” writing and keyboarding.


Essential Skill 5:  Oral Communication
                           
 


Speaking and listening to share thoughts or information. For example: greeting, telling stories, giving advice, sharing ideas, facilitating, coordinating tasks, explaining, discussing. Can be face-to-face, or using technology.


Essential Skill 6:  Working With Others
                             
  


Interacting with family, friends, community members, students and co-workers to accomplish tasks together.

Essential Skill 7:  Thinking Skills
                           
 


Using your brain to: Solve problems, Make decisions, Think critically, Plan and organize tasks, Remember and Find information


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Essential Skill 8:  Digital Technology
                           
  


Using technology. For example: computers, cell phones, GPs, digital cameras, iPods, and MP3s, gaming devices, computerized cash registers, Blackberries, iPhones. Includes using the Internet and email.


Essential Skill 9:  Continuous Learning
                           
 


Gaining skills and knowledge throughout life. Includes: Learning how to learn, Understanding your learning style, Knowing how to find resources and learning opportunities.


Resources

Welcome to our resource centre!

Whether you are involved in the delivery of Aboriginal or mainstream employment and training programming and looking for support, guidance and resources, then you have come to the right website.

Out intent is to provide you with the information and visual resources that we learned have meaning to us. You can use these to adapt them with your Essential Skills tools or programs.

We are also the home of the nationally renowned ESI (Essential Skills Investigation) DVD media tools. Just visit The Urban Spirit Foundation to place your order. If you have any questions about your order, you can email us at essentialskills@aesgt.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Essential Skills has blossomed over time and every day there are more and more tools out there that have been customized to suit particular needs. We would like to research and collect such “gems” and create a repository for easy access.  If you have tools or resources you wish to share please let us know.