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As the Spring of trial-and-error comes to an end, we are hopeful that the Summer will bring some normalcy. In one way or another, COVID-19 has impacted us all but we hope you are healthy and have found some positives amongst these very trying times. 

We have been approaching every challenge as a new opportunity and want to share what we have been up to at AWES. Below you will find updates and insights for all our current projects. 

As always, we are happy to connect! Call us for more information related to any of the highlighted projects, and be sure to check out our website for some great resources that can be downloaded at no cost, or call us if you are interested in scheduling a workshop. 

Stay safe, 
Stay in touch! 
Progress and Change

Guided Pathways: Integrating Essential Skills

AWES is well known for our expertise in delivering face to face workshops. With funding from The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Guided Pathways was designed with a goal of delivering training to 900 Career Development Practitioners across Canada. In light of COVID-19 restrictions we have had to rethink how to do this and look for new development and delivery options. 

To this end, we partnered with Monarch Innovative Design for Learning. We're excited for the opportunity to explore online training while continuing to engage and interact with participants. Stay tuned over the next few months for more updates! 


Skills for Work

Working side by side with Trajectory IQ, AWES is excited to introduce 18 new online courses for learning called Skills for Work. Funded by Alberta Labour, Immigrant Settlement and Language Programs, this project translates content from our very successful Workforce Participation series into game format. Learning can happen on the go as the games are available on laptops, tablets and smartphones. 

We will be offering access to these courses at no cost, as well as to a flyer you can distribute to your employees, clients and students, through our website at the end of the month! Connect with us on social media to receive up-to date details regarding the release date. 

New Projects and Partnerships 

Building System Integration

With funding provided by Alberta Settlement, Integration & Language Projects, AWES has teamed up with NorQuest College to strengthen the employment related supports for newcomers to Canada. As a team, we will be engaging language instructors, workplace trainers, employers and career development practitioners to create resources that respond to the needs of the immigrants they represent. 

As part of this project the team is excited to be adding workbooks to accompany the current 20 AWES videos, as well as creating 10 new videos with content focused on Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. 


Newcomer Trades Project

This Edmonton based project was two weeks into classroom training when the province moved to strict social distancing regulations. Fifteen newcomers continue to engage in content that is being designed to move them towards work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. Everyone involved is looking forward to getting back to the classroom for the hands on learning, but for now participants continue to expand their knowledge of essential skills, workplace safety and workplace culture from home. 

This exciting project began in February 2020 and is being led by the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. AWES has partnered locally with Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) Career Development College to create the Alberta based version for this federally funded research project.

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