Skills/Tools for Success

Essential Skills means you will understand and remember concepts introduced in technical training. The level of Essential Skills required for most trades is as high or higher that it is for many office jobs. Essential skills are used in nearly every job and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.  The following 9 skills have been identified and validated as key essential skills for the workplace.


Essential Skills Assessment

A comprehensive set of random questions that takes on average in 15-20 minutes for each of the nine skills. A star rating system is used to show the results and career recommendations. The star rating represents the five complexity levels of tasks associated with the nine skills. Most questions will test essential skill levels from one to three.

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Explore Careers by Essential Skills

This site illustrates how each of the 9 essential skills are generally performed by most occupations. The levels of complexity estimated for each task are ranked between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced). Other areas to explore on this site include : job related job profiles, NOC Classification wages, job prospects and labour market trends in careers.

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Skills Competencies Canada

Trade and Tech Careers- Explore these industry sectors and related skilled trades and technologies. Learn about the work, the training you’ll need, what you’ll earn, and more.

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Skills Ontario App

You can have the ultimate toolbox to exploring skilled trade and technology pathways in your pocket! Through an aptitude quiz, quick links to partnered organizations, a calendar of events, and  you’ll see which career paths could be the right fit for you and will learn more about how to succeed in these fields through our app. Explore skilled trades and technologies with us!

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Trades Explorer

Answer  10 questions and the Trades Explorer will suggest some areas you might want to explore.
There are no right or wrong answers, and don’t be afraid to try something new—you can always pick a different one next time!

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Construction Training & Apprenticeship Ontario is an easy-to-navigate website that provides educational tools and materials for visitors to explore the Unionized Construction Skilled trades available in Ontario. Each trade has a designated landing page that outlines the entrance requirements and average wages.  CTAO features 30 construction trades and is a premier starting point for future tradespeople and the general public to learn about the construction skilled trades.

Here is a link to a quick video showing how to take advantage of this industry tool.

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Trades Math Workbook

Working in the trades requires strong numeracy skills to help you succeed on the job. This workbook includes questions and learning material to help you: A. Learn more about the numeracy skills required to work in the trades B. discover how journeypersons use numeracy on the job C. practice your numeracy skills D. Find out which numeracy skills you may need to improve

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Essential Math Skills for Apprentices

Great resource for apprentices to test their math skills and prepare Construction, Culinary and Motive Power