A Guide for Employers
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
- obtain useful information about the skills employees bring to the workplace;
- identify current employees’ training needs;
- and improve workplace training to target specific skill areas for improvement.
The questions duplicate actual workplace tasks performed in a variety of occupations
but they do not require specialized knowledge to be correctly
- Ensure that employees read and understand the instructions prior to completing
- Detach the Correction Sheet from the questions section.
- Set a time limit for employees to complete the Indicator. Typically, it
should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.
- Mark the Indicator using the Correction Sheet, awarding one mark
for each correct answer. Do not award partial marks.
- Employers may want to give employees the opportunity to self-administer
and mark the tool.
- Scores should always be kept confidential.
- Indicators are also available for other Essential Skills.
- If employees do not achieve at least a Level 2 on the Indicator, you may
want to consider offering training and support to improve Numeracy skills.
Administering this tool to employees will provide an indication
of their skill levels. It should not be considered an assessment tool. The Indicator
is meant to be a training tool that can be used to help you identify skills
that may require upgrading in the workplace.
For additional questions or more information on Essential Skills, visit hrsdc.gc.ca/essentialskills.