Essential Skills for the Bio-economy Training Program

Strengthen your talent today with bio-economy specific essential skills

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.

Essential Skills provide

  • Foundational skills for learning higher order concepts, technical and occupation-specific skills
  • Transferable skills that can be used for different jobs throughout a career
  • Support to make it easier to adapt to change

BioTalent Canada’s NEW Essential Skills for the Bio-economy Training Program will offer new talent professional development and will enhance an employer’s onboarding program. They are Canadian built and will be available in English and French.

Training Program

The program will include a brief online introduction, four self-paced one-hour online courses and an in-person one day course to:

  • Introduce each essential skill and show why it is important in the bio-economy
  • Introduce strategies to help develop the skill
  • Provide opportunities for practice
  • Give learners the opportunity to understand their progress through a pre- and post-assessment of each course.

Online courses

  • Introduction to the Bio-economy – An introduction to the bio-economy in Canada, its various sectors and sub-sectors, 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 encountered frequently on the job such as lists, tables, entry forms, charts, graphs, and flowcharts.

One day facilitated in-person course

The one day course will review and put into practice the following:

  • Essential Oral Communication Skills for the Bio-economy
  • Essentials of Working with Others in the Bio-economy
  • Essential Critical Thinking Skills for the Bio-economy

Participants will receive a manual to apply the skills learned and leave with employment goals or an employment plan, for future reference.

The new Essential Skills for the Bio-economy Training Program will launch September 2020. If you would like to know how you can take advantage of this program, please contact Patti Galbraith at

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