Poor reading, math skills a drag on productivity, performance

Workers need essential skills to lay the foundation for training and development
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/03/2005

Late last year, employers in the construction sector started down a new training and development road that few have yet travelled, though many may soon have to follow.

The Construction Sector Council produced a comprehensive five-point strategy to improve reading, writing, math and other essential skills of the workforce.

Essential skills are the foundational skills that make all other training and development possible. According to Human Resources Skills and Development Canada there are nine essential skills that people need to succeed in the workplace: reading text, document use, writing, numeracy, oral communication, thinking skills, working with others, computer use, and continuous learning.