Essential Skills Fundamentals


  • Approximate time: 12 hours
  • Online

Get the BioReady™ Edge today with essential skills training specifically designed for the Canadian bio-economy

Successful workplaces require talent with strong essential skills. Knowing how to apply these skills in the bio-economy can create even stronger teams for organizational success.

Note: Strong technical skills are equally important and, as such, a technical training program is also available.

Essential Skills provide:

  • foundational knowledge for learning higher order concepts and technical and occupation-specific skills,
  • expertise that can be tailored for different jobs throughout a career, and
  • support to make it easier to adapt to change.

BioTalent Canada’s NEW Essential Skills for the Bio-economy Training Program offers professional development to new talent and enhances an employer’s onboarding program. They are Canadian built and available in English and French. Receive a BioReady™ certificate upon completion.

Training Program

The program includes a brief online introduction, four self-paced one-hour online courses to:

  • introduce each essential skill and demonstrate its importance in the bio-economy,
  • present strategies to help develop the skill,
  • provide opportunities for practice, and
  • give learners an opportunity to track their progress through a pre- and post-assessment of each course.


Introduction to the Bio-economy

An introduction to the bio-economy in Canada and its various sectors and sub-sectors, This course sets the stage for the specific essential skills courses.

Essential Reading Skills for the Bio-economy

Defines and puts into practice key terms such as skimming and scanning, identifies essential reading skills, and reviews important reading strategies.

Essential Writing Skills for the Bio-economy

Reviews and puts into practice important writing skills such as preparation, plain writing, formatting, writing for the job, editing, and revising.

Essential Numeracy Skills for the Bio-economy

Reviews metric numbering and conversions, using and converting fractions and percentages, simple equations, and calculating concentrations and dilutions.

Essential Document Use Skills for the Bio-economy

Reviews and puts into practice common documents one might encounter frequently on the job such as lists, tables, entry forms, charts, graphs, and flowcharts.


Please contact Joanne Jordan to learn more about how to access these courses.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.