Workplace Training

Workshops and Courses to Improve the Workforce

AWES offers workshops and training designed to fit your needs.  If you don't see exactly what you want, get in touch and we'll design it just for you.

  • Building a Highly Skilled Workforce: Making the Link between Essential Skills and the Bottom Line 
This two-day workshop is for Human Resources (HR) professionals, Organizational Development (OD) consultants, company owners, leaders, mentors and other workplace trainers. You will explore the relationship between WES and core competencies. Learn how to use WES to identify skill gaps, write job descriptions, develop learning plans, conduct performance appraisals and support career progression. Discover how WES training can address the needs of your staff and your bottom line at the same time.
  • Giving Safety Talks
    Safety starts with knowledge and how it is communicated. Learn new techniques to give more effective safety talks. Find out how to design presentations that are engaging, concise, and easy for everyone to understand. We focus on how to give talks to non-native English speakers and those with lower literacy and essential skills levels. This workshop is designed for frontline leaders who need to give routine safety talks in the workplace. 

  • Plain Language: Finding the Write Words
    Use plain language principles to write and design better workplace documents and correspondence. Find out how to organize and communicate content in emails, documents, memos, posters, training materials, new employee orientation packs, and company policies and procedures. Plain language principles save time and reduce costs. They help organizations communicate and document information more effectively. This workshop is designed for leaders and those who write and design workplace documents. 

  • Document Use
    Reading documents is an essential skill. Whether it is a basic hazard assessment or a complex blueprint, there is a better way to do it. Identify the keys to understanding a document quickly using the text, information design and organization. Learn to work with lists, entry forms, graphs and charts, and picture/mimetic documents. Enhance your reading skills and strategies for working with documents. This workshop is designed for frontline leaders and workers. 

  • Thinking in the Workplace
    All essential skills first require strong thinking skills. The workshop equips leaders, apprentices and labourers to use a broad range of tools in problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking, job-task planning, significant use of memory, and finding information (such as electronically accessing needed information). 

  • 360-Degree Communication
    Communication is the backbone of an organization. This workshop enables frontline leaders to communicate more effectively with subordinates, peers, senior leadership and clients. The workshop focuses on presentation skills and interpersonal competencies, including persuading others, giving feedback and dealing with conflict. 

  • Workplace Integration: Supporting Newcomers with Integration into the Canadian Workplace
    The workshop will explore the most common challenges newcomers encounter when integrating into the Canadian workplace. It will explore strategies to ease the process including planning for integration, upgrading communication skills, adapting to cultural differences and enhancing English skills. You will recognize what defines Canadian workplace culture and how accommodating others can be productive. The workshop will use AWES’ integration resources and tools and explain how you can incorporate them into your own workplace. 

  • Working on a Multi-Generational Team
    Generations have a significant effect on how we communicate and get things done on a team. This workshop equips leaders and teams to work more effectively with different generations and personality types. Learn how to reduce misunderstandings and conflict, mobilize team members and create better team cohesion. This workshop is designed for frontline leaders and team members. 

  • Working on a Culturally-Diverse Team
    As workplaces and client bases diversify, intercultural skills become vital to high functioning teams. This workshop explores the foundations of intercultural competence with a focus on communication, power relationships and time management. You will use AWES’ tools and strategies to learn how to build trust, credibility and rapport across cultures. This workshop is designed for leaders and their teams. 


All of the following courses are delivered as blended learning combining both face-to-face and e-learning.  They also can be delivered completely in a face-to-face workshop format.

English through Workplace Safety

  1. “Taking Responsibility for Safety” - 24 hours total (15 hrs face-to-face and 9 hrs online work)
  2. “Sharing Responsibility for Safety”
 - 24 hours total (15 hrs face-to-face and 9 hrs online work)

This program is for non-native speakers with low English skills. The training builds language, intercultural integration, and essential skills related to workplace safety. Participants will also strengthen their digital technology skills.

Workplace Integration
36 hours total 
(24 hrs face-to-face and 12 hrs online work)

This course is for newcomer professionals who need to enhance their English, communication and intercultural skills for integration into the Canadian workplace. Participants will also strengthen their digital technology skills.

Bridge to Frontline Leadership
32 hours total (24 hrs face-to-face and 8 hrs online work)

This course is for non-native speakers moving towards frontline leadership positions such as team leads, shift supervisors, crew leaders, lead hands, project managers, safety trainers and mentors. The course builds participants’ language abilities using the seven key knowledge areas for supervisory positions:

  • communication               
  • thinking skills
  • diversity
  • coaching and mentoring
  • change
  • project management 
  • workplace safety.           

 Participants will also strengthen their digital technology skills.

Workplace Essential Skills Training 
Recommended minimum training length of 24 hrs face-to-face 

Customized essential skills training can be developed for any organization.  We begin with an organizational needs assessment that includes assessing the complexity fo the tasks related to the jobs being targetted.  An example of what this training may look like is as follows:

  • Improve workplace communication so employees speak clearly with confidence for routine and non-routine demands through focused comprehensibility instruction.
  • Decrease errors in document use tasks in the workplace by teaching strategies to approach workplace documents.
  • Increase capacity to produce written text required for the job.
  • Provide intercultural workplace information to improve teamwork.

Note: Cost for 24 hour CAJG funded workshops approximately $13,500. Per person amount is dependent on number of participants.