AWES has the workplace essential skills tools and services your organization needs

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) provides workplace training that supports all aspects of a workers’ career path. This includes training trainers, assessing skills, uncovering gaps, developing programming and evaluating the results of our essential skills training.

Our goal is simple: for workers to have the essential skills they need to fully participate in the workplace, in their communities, and in their personal lives.

What makes AWES unique

  • We provide fully customized, relevant training to your organization because we listen first to what you need
  • We collaborate with employers and other partners
  • We view essential skills training through the lens of the employer and the employee
  • We know how essential skills can improve productivity, safety and the bottom line for employers
  • We understand how essential skills can help workers attain and retain employment
  • We develop a customized approach tailored to individuals and workplaces

The importance of essential skills

Jobs at all levels continue to increase in complexity. This means workers need to continue to build on their essential skills to evolve with their jobs and adapt to an ever-changing workplace.

Signs of a low-skilled workforce


Employer perspective

“A lot of our employees have never taken any formal presentation training and liked the fact that they were learning tools to make them into better speakers so that they didn’t become the kind of speaker that they didn’t enjoy listening to or learning from. We definitely would recommend this course to other companies.“

“The approach that AWES took was effective and has been utilized since. The practical and effective approach that AWES used prompted me to become more involved with the organization after the program concluded.”

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Career Development Practitioner National Survey

AWES has been funded to implement Guided Pathways: Integrating essential skills, a national project working with career development practitioners to incorporate essential skills tools into their practices. AWES has released a survey to gather information on the sector and is asking for members of the …

Working Faster, Working Safer – CLB 1-2 Animated Videos

These videos were designed to support CLB 1-2 level learners interested in working in the hospitality field.  They were created in response to research completed with employers in the hospitality industry. They are designed to be used with the Working Faster, Working Safer workbook. Working …

Working Faster, Working Safer

2019 This resource is written at CLB 1-2 and was built to develop language competence, intercultural communication skills, and workplace essential skills by incorporating authentic workplace documents and tasks. AWES offers training on the use of the materials and an accompanying facilitator guide.  Contact us …