What’s in it for you?

Essential Skills are used in all trades in a variety of ways and in different settings. These skills are the foundation for learning and are very important to your career development and success.

Imagine you’re on the job site and need to measure the diagonal length of a piece of pipe. You’ll need to use trigonometry to make the calculation correctly. Numeracy is used in many aspects of the trades.

Often, there are situations where you must explain why or how you made a decision on executing a job. Good oral communication skills can help you clearly make your case and get the job done.

If you wish to advance in your career, there are greater demands that come with increased responsibility. You may need to write reports to record information, or make a formal written request for resources. Good writing skills are essential to your career choices.

Have you ever needed to read a blueprint to get the necessary information you need to complete a job? A blueprint contains signs, symbols, charts, and detailed information that you need to interpret and apply to your trade. Understanding and experience in document use can be of great benefit to you.

We overlook how often we use these learning skills in our day-to-day lives and how common the applications are. The advantages of having a solid foundation in these and other learning skills can be the difference between success and failure.


Essential Skills and the Trades

Whether you are refreshing these skills or increasing your ability to further your competency level, building a foundation for lifelong learning is key to your career development and success.

Pick a trade below to see why it is important to integrate Essential Skills into your career training. The following articles will outline the exact skills needed:

Using Essential Skills in Plumbing

Using Essential Skills in Steamfitting-Pipefitting

Using Essential Skills in Welding


Apprenticeship Pays Off!

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum/Canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) commissioned a new project to analyze data on outcomes of apprentices in comparison with individuals who did not complete an apprenticeship, graduates of other college programs and those who did not pursue any post-secondary training. In all cases, apprenticeship completers fare better. These two articles provide details.

Apprenticeship Pays Off

Apprenticeship is Worth It

You can also read the success stories of people like you, who got into the trades using Essential Skills.

On the Job with a Plumber

On the Job with a Welder







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