Other Initiatives

SkillPlan Publications

One of SkillPlan’s strategies for improving essential skills is to develop materials for others to use. Our resources include Measurement & Calculation for the trades, Numeracy Rules Kit, Science for the Trades: An Illustrated Guide to Basic Applications in the Construction Industry, From the Ground Up: Tradesworkers on the Job, Numeracy at Work, Writing at Work, Document Use at Work, Reading at Work and Thinking Strategies for Numeracy. For more information, see Resources for Essential Skills at Work.

Promotion and Development of Essential Skills

SkillPlan has been nationally recognized as a leader in the field of workplace education. Our mandate is to serve the construction sector; however, our experience in responding to a variety of workplace challenges suggests that many Essential Skills issues are common not only to multiple trades but to other sectors. Our consulting services include development of Essential Skills curricula, plain language development, professional development workshops, online training and mentoring. We have been called upon to share our experiences both nationally and internationally.


SkillPlan has been involved with the development of Essential Skills since 1995. We have participated in all aspects of the significant research conducted by HRSDC which has lead to the development of more than 280 national Essential Skills Profiles. This work continues to expand as Essential Skills Profiles become included in National Occupational Standards. SkillPlan services include field research, development of research methodology and interpretive materials. In addition, SkillPlan provides training for profilers.

Informal Testing

SkillPlan offers consulting services for various aspects of informal test design, including item development, plain language review, development of protocols, and data analysis.


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