Essential Skills Development

Essential Skills Development (ESD)

Through the Essential Skills Development program, you'll gain essential skills and employability skills in preparation for employment, framed by authentic learning experiences​. You'll also receive:

  • Certifications as required by individualized learning plan (e.g., WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Food Safe certification)  ​
  • Employability skills development (e.g., accountability, adaptability, attitude, confidence, motivation, presentation, problem-solving, stress management, teamwork and time management)
  • Essential skills development (e.g., reading, writing, numeracy, communication, digital skills, document use)
  • Increased familiarity with the local labour market, employment services and further training ​
  • Individualized learning and employment plans  ​
  • Resume, portfolio, and interview experience ​
  • Skills to confidently apply and prepare for further training or employment​
  • Transition support to employment or further training 


The duration of programming is determined by your individual goals and the learning plan you create. It may range from 4 - 32 weeks.

Start dates

There are eight start dates throughout the academic year. 

  • August 29, 2022
  • September 27, 2022
  • November 1, 2022
  • December 5, 2022
  • January 19, 2023
  • February 27, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • May 2, 2023

Contact us

For further information, contact Literacy and Adult Education at your local campus.