9 Essential Skills

Did you know that there are 9 Essential Skills?

Did you know that there are 9 Essential Skills? They are simple, but critical for career success. We at SCNS consider these 9 skills to be the foundation for all skilled trades and technologies:

  • Reading text
  • Oral communication
  • Numeracy
  • Digital
  • Writing
  • Continuous learning
  • Document use
  • Thinking
  • Working with others

The Essential Skills Challenge has gone virtual this year. Check out Skiller Island here.

SCNS offers an annual Essential Skills Challenge. It’s a 1-hour long activity which is 100% hands-on. We teach students about the importance of developing these skills, and then put them to the test.

For more information, please contact our Outreach Coordinator.


This year our Essential Skills Challenge is going virtual. To find out more and order your Essential Skills kit, please fill out the form below!

Skiller Island - Essential Skills request form

*Skills Canada – Nova Scotia notes that requested Supply Kits can take up to 10 Business Days to arrive at the Designated Mailing Address.*
  • Each kit contains supplies for one class. Please indicate how many classes you will have, and how many students per class: