Workplace Training and Development
AWES specializes in offering a wide range of training solutions to meet the Essentials Skills needs of various industries.
We specialize in high-needs groups such as immigrants, aboriginals and their employers.
• Workplace Language Programs
• Intercultural Courses
• Diversity Initiatives
• Essential Skills Practitioner Training
• Plain Language Principles
• Train-the-Trainer Workshops
Other WES Training and Professional Development as required.
We do training by determining clear and measurable learning outcomes, working within workplace schedules, and carefully balancing learner and organizational needs.
We give you the skills
AWES is recognized as one of the leaders in building WES capacity in Alberta through practitioner training and professional development.
In our ongoing commitment to expand the number of workplace Essential Skills practitioners in Alberta, AWES regularly hosts train-the-trainer workshops.
Participants are drawn from a range of sectors, occupations and organizations. Training can vary from a few days to a week of intensive learning and assignments.
Workshops might specialize in an emerging need, such as delivering plain language workshops in smaller communities, or equipping WES certified trainers in not-for-profit organizations.
You could also take a look at the example of Pockar Masonry to see the different forms training can take.
Working with All Weather Windows
In the mid-2000’s, Alberta’s economy experienced incredible growth with the tightest labour market in 50 years. Employers scrambled to hire sufficient staff to operate their businesses - looking beyond traditional labour sources to typically under-represented groups like immigrants, Aboriginals, seniors for example. Many of these workers did not have the Essential Skills to participate fully in the workplace. Safety was a major concern.
AWES worked with All Weather Windows in Edmonton, through federal funding under Adult Learning Literacy and Essential Skills Program, including business and labour partnerships, and Workplace Literacy. The AWES team developed 52 safety talks that use consistent formatting, clear language and photographs for workers who have lower workplace literacy and Essential Skills levels. A sub-set of 20 safety talks were developed for public accessibility, to encourage the broadest possible use by industry. It also included a train-the-trainer manual to provide oral communication and presentation guidance to supervisors working with these underrepresented groups.
These posters and handbooks are available to you on the website in our Resource Solutions section under the Knowledge Centre tab on the menu. For more insight into AWES development, you could also take a look at the “Integrating Newcomers” Case Study in our section on the Public Sector under the Client Sectors tab on the menu.