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App brings essential skills to the forefront of trades and technology careers


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May 25, 2015

Skills/Competences Canada (SCC) has introduced a new mobile app to help bridge the skills gap between the classroom and the workplace. It helps students and teachers evaluate proficiency in the nine essential skills identified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as they relate to today’s trades and technology careers. The skills are: numeracy, oral communications, working with others, continuous learning, reading text, writing, thinking, document use and digital skills.

The app incorporates profiles of over 40 different trade and technology careers and correlates the levels of complexity required in the essential skills to specific skilled trade careers. Students and teachers are then able to evaluate strength across all nine essential skills and determine which careers they are best suited for, as well as where there may be a need for additional training.

The Essential Skills Mobile App will be highlighted as part of the Essential Skills Zone at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), which takes place May 28 to 29 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. Students and guests will engage in hands-on skills challenges, career sessions, presentations, and interactive activities intended to increase awareness of essential skills as they relate to careers in trades and technology.

Designed for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and android devices, the Essential Skills Mobile App is available free for download from the App Store and Google Play.