The Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) is a non-profit organization focused on training, research and curriculum development. AWES specializes in developing customized essential skills training solutions for organizations, employers and practitioners.

Since its launch in 1989, AWES has remained at the leading edge of essential skills initiatives. We continue to build on our long history of innovation by staying current with emerging economic, technological, demographic, and immigration trends.

Organizations, employers, and practitioners often come to AWES when they have a problem. The issue might affect productivity, a worker’s ability to understand and implement training, employee retention, or health and safety performance. This may cause an increase in absenteeism or time wasted redoing tasks, workplace errors when calculating formulas, filling in shift or incident reports, or making decisions. The problem is often misidentified as a behavioural issue with the workers themselves, poor attitude, a lack of initiative or a lack of common sense. It’s far more likely that your workforce has essential skills gaps, and we can help.

AWES identifies skill gaps and develops customized and specialized essential skills responses to problems.


Our mission

To provide integrated essential skills, language and intercultural communication training solutions, generating returns at work, in the community and society.


Our vision

All adults have the essential skills they need to fully participate in the workplace, in their communities, and in their personal lives.