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Skills for Employment

School of Academic and Skill Development
t. 867.668.8850

Program Description

Skills for Employment programs are designed to help students develop their essential skills such as reading, writing, math and speaking to help them get a job or continue on to further training. Academic skills are taught together with workplace skills in the course topic area. Past topic areas have included radio broadcasting, culinary skills, plumber's helper, portfolio development, trades exploration, esthetics, digital technology, and greenhouse construction and planting.

Essential skills are the necessary foundation for learning all other skills and are needed for work, learning and life.

The nine essential skills are:
1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Document use
4. Numeracy
5. Computer use
6. Thinking
7. Oral communication
8. Working with others
9. Continuous learning

More information about essential skills can be found on the Employment and Social Development Canada website.

See Skills for Employment under the Course List for more information.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet with a program advisor before admission to the program. A college reading assessment may be recommended.

General Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
• Show improved essential skills including, reading, writing and math;
• Show improved self-awareness and personal development;
• Perform job-related tasks as required by class projects and work placements;
• Solve workplace numeracy problems using basic math skills;
• Create and organize a personal or vocational portfolio.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

Ancillary Fees pdf 21 KB

CAN $300 Activity Fee


Regular attendance is necessary to be successful in this program. Please keep this in mind when you commit to attending the program.

Course dates

Fall Semester- September to December 2015
Winter Semester - January to April 2016
Classes are held from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Textbooks and required materials

Students will require a binder, loose leaf paper, dividers, pencils, and pens. Some textbooks will be required. A trades-based project may require safety equipment. A list will be provided at registration time. Most supplies can be purchased through the Yukon College Bookstore.

Intake appointment

Please phone to make an appointment to meet with an instructor to further discuss program content and expectations. Appointments can be conducted over the phone.

Sponsorship and tuition payment

Information on sponsorship is available from a Yukon College counselor. Accepted students are expected to have sponsorship or payment of tuition and mandatory fees arranged before meeting with a program advisor to register for courses. This enables students to register in their courses without delay and purchase textbooks and additional supplies and be prepared for the first day of classes. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee a space. Payment of tuition and mandatory fees must be made to guarantee you a seat.