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Numeracy is the ability to use and understand numbers. Strong numeracy skills are essential at work, at home and in everyday life. Some examples of Numeracy include budgeting, performing calculations, taking measurements, using recipes and estimating driving distances.

Benefits of investing in essential skills of your employees
Finding and keeping workers with the knowledge and skills to get the job done is critical in today’s workplace. Without the right skills, your workplace may suffer. Are you experiencing challenges in your workplace? An investment in the Essential Skills might be the right solution for your business.

We'll help you learn more about improving the essential skills of your employees.

Tools for employers:

Numeracy Indicator (from ESDC)
This tool can be used by employers to learn more about the Numeracy skills of their employees. It gives an indication of skill levels by providing examples of Level 1 and Level 2 assessment questions. Using this tool allows employers to:
    • obtain useful information about the skills employees bring to the workplace
    • identify current employees' training needs
    • improve workplace training to target specific skill areas for improvement
This document features 5 case studies and a 10-step guide to building essential skills in your workplace.

ESDC has many other tools you may find helpful.

Tools for employees:

Numeracy Self Test  PDF [99KB]
Complete this self test to help you understand your numeracy strengths and areas for improvement. 

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