Essential Skills Needs Assessment

The Essential Skills Needs Assessment (ESNA) tool offers career and employment counselors a tool to engage clients in a discussion about their Essential Skills and the link to their employment objectives. It is focused on three Essential Skills: reading, writing and numeracy and was developed in part to help fill an identified need for assessment resources for those with low skills.

The ESNA is an informal process to be used by employment and career counsellors to:
• raise a client’s awareness of the importance of essential skills in the workplace;
• show practical examples of how these skills are used on the job;
• provide a better understanding of a client’s essential skills strengths and areas that may require upgrading;
• help clients to make more informed decisions about job skills training and job searches;
• help provide clients with guidance on the next steps to achieve their job search and training objectives.

The ESNA tool has two components: A Guide to Conducting an Informal Essential Skills Needs Assessment & Assessment Modules

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is currently revisiting its publication strategy. Please visit the OLES website for more information.


Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, Employment & Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV Mailstop 515 Gatineau QC K1A 0J9

Project Details
Community Urban, Rural, Remote, Band office, Reserve community, Other
Scope of Project National
Target Audience First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Youth (15-30 yrs), Adults (31-49 yrs)