Assessing essential skills to recruit and train

Calgary college’s testing tool emerging as a standard
By Conrad Murphy
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2005

Essential skills, the foundational skills that make all other training and development possible, are quickly becoming recognized by HR professionals as critical to successful recruiting and training of employees.

The Test of Workplace Essential Skills (also known by the acronym TOWES, which rhymes with “cows”) is one of the tools being used in this critical process.

Developed at the Bow Valley College in Calgary, TOWES is an assessment of three important essential skills: reading text, document use and numeracy.