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Skills for Success – Assessment and training tools

Find the right tools to assess or upgrade your skills. Most of these tools are free for individuals. New Skills for Success tools will be added regularly as they are developed.

If you are an employer, training provider or career counsellor looking for tools to support your clients or learners, set the filter below, left to “I am an… employer” instead of individual. Some of these tools have a cost for you to use them, as noted in the description.

The tools listed are from the Government of Canada and outside organizations. Organizations that wish to have their tool(s) included, may view the criteria to apply.

For additional information on the skills visit the Learn about the Skills page.

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Tool Tool type I am an Description Location Skills
Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT) (English only)
Assessment
Employer

An on-line tool for assessing and developing social and emotional skills. The skills assessed include:

  • creativity
  • adaptability
  • collaboration and
  • communication

Cost: Yes

  • Online
  • In-Person
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Adaptability
Essential Skills Mobile App
Assessment
Individual

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.

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Digital
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
Computer Comfort (English only)
Training
Individual

Computer Comfort provides a starting point for adults with disabilities who want to develop basic computer skills. It offers one-on-one computer tutoring at no cost. In person or online.

Cost: None to qualifying individuals

  • Online
  • In-Person
  • Digital
Communications and Math Employment Readiness Assessment (CAMERA)
Assessment
Employer

A series of standardized tests that provide information about a person’s abilities to manage workplace communications and numeracy tasks.

Cost: Yes

  • Online
  • In-Person
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
UP Skills for Work
Training
Individual

UP Skills for Work helps adult learners develop key employability and life skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks.

Cost: No

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Communication
  • Problem
  • Solving
  • Writing
  • Digital
  • Numeracy
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Adaptability
Signposts: Curriculum Guide
Training
Employer

A curriculum guide supporting instructors working with learners who are preparing to enter the workforce. Supporting low-skilled learners, it provides ideas, and guidance for instruction.

Cost: Yes

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
Workwrite Series
Training
Employer

Instructional workbooks focusing on the functions and features of workplace documents. Aimed at engaging adults in understanding and using documents they will encounter in most entry-level jobs.

Cost: Yes

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
Adaptability (PDF)
Training
Individual

Being able to deal with change is an important life skill. Willingness to learn new ways of doing things can help you be more successful at work. This workbook talks about adaptability and coping better with change.

  • Online
  • Adaptability
Teamwork (PDF)
Training
Individual

The ability to work well as part of a team is a very important skill. This workbook explores why teamwork is important, how to handle conflict with coworkers and how to improve teamwork skills.

  • Online
  • Collaboration
Writing (PDF)
Training
Individual

We use writing every day at home and at work. Good writing skills are useful in many different areas of life. This workbook talks about why writing is important in your life and how to get better at writing.

  • Online
  • Writing
LEARN program
Training
Individual

This is a database that adult learners can use to find literacy programs in their community based on their needs. Search for programming such as: reading, ESL, workplace skills training and high school equivalency preparation.

Cost: Some programs have a cost

  • Online
  • In Person
  • Reading
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Writing
  • Digital
  • Collaboration
  • Numeracy
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Adaptability
Youth Teaching Adults
Training
Employer, Individual

A free introductory digital literacy program for adult learners. The program helps adults increase their digital literacy skills with the support of youth volunteer-tutors and free online lesson plans.

  • Online
  • In Person
  • Digital
ABC Skills Hub
Training
Individual

The ABC Skills Hub is an online learning portal that offers asynchronous, at-home delivery of ABC Life Literacy Canada’s many adult literacy programs.

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Digital
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
Activate Learning
Training
Employer

A program to improve the number of training opportunities for adult learners, employees and workplaces on employability and life skills, health literacy and financial literacy.

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Digital
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
Numeracy (PDF)
Training
Individual

We use numbers and math every day, like when we count our overtime hours at work, go shopping, or make a monthly budget. This workbook talks about how and why we use numbers and how to improve numeracy skills.

  • Online
  • Numeracy
Reading (PDF)
Training
Individual

Reading helps us find information and communicate with others. This workbook talks about how and why we read and key strategies that can improve reading skills.

  • Online
  • Reading
TOWES
Assessment
Employer

TOWES is an assessment that measures literacy and essential skills needed for safe and productive employment.

Cost: Yes

  • Online
  • In Person
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
First Nations, Inuit and Metis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) (English only)
Assessment, Training
Employer, Individual

FIMESIP is a knowledge-sharing platform for individuals and organizations from across Canada working in literacy and essential skills (LES) for Indigenous people. This online Community of Practice allows individuals and organizations to share best practices, learn from each other’s innovations, and support development of the field.

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Digital
Workplace Digital Skills
Training
Individual

The Workplace Digital Skills Training is an online training tool designed to increase the basic digital skills of workers and job seekers. It includes 4 separate workshops (8 hours of online learning in total) and is designed for learners to follow on their own. This training will be free for the first 200 registered learners as part of a pilot project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Cost: Free for first 200 registered learners

  • Online
  • Digital
Writing self-assessment
Assessment
Individual

Assess your ability to get an idea across by arranging words, numbers and symbols, whether on paper or a computer screen.

  • Online
  • Writing
Reading self-assessment
Assessment
Individual

Assess your ability to understand text written in sentences or paragraphs.

  • Online
  • Reading
Numeracy self-assessment
Assessment
Individual

Assess your ability to use and understand numbers.

  • Online
  • Numeracy
Self-assessment for the trades
Assessment
Individual

Assessment to determine your skill strengths and areas for improvement for most of the skills.

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Numeracy
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Digital
Numeracy Indicator: A guide for employers
Assessment
Employer

Assessment tool for employers to learn more about the numeracy skills of their employees. It gives an indication of skill levels by providing level 1 and 2 assessment questions.

  • Online
  • Numeracy
Reading indicator: A guide for employers
Assessment
Employer

Assessment tool for employers to learn more about the reading skills of their employees. It gives an indication of skill levels by providing level 1 and 2 assessment questions.

  • Online
  • Reading
Vocabulary building workbook
Training
Individual

A vocabulary workbook designed to help you improve your reading and writing skills. It includes 24 lessons with a variety of exercises designed to help you learn commonly used words.

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
Problem solved: A guide for employees and learners
Training
Individual

Guide designed to support employees and learners who want to practice and improve their problem-solving skills. Includes various activities and worksheets.

  • Online
  • Problem Solving
Trades math workbook
Training
Individual

Numeracy workbook with questions and learning material to help you practice your numeracy skills.

  • Online
  • Numeracy
Workbook for trades (with answer guide)
Training
Individual

Workbook with a variety of exercises to help you practice your reading, writing, numeracy and document use abilities.

  • Online
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
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