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Message from our Executive Director

Project updates
In 2018, we began an exciting and innovative program funded by the Government of Alberta to create materials for low level language learners already in, or wanting to pursue careers in service and hospitality. The Working Faster, Working Safer materials are written for CLB 1-2 to develop language, essential skills and workplace culture knowledge to help participants work safer and more productively in the Canadian workforce. The materials include a workbook, a facilitators’ guide and 10 animated videos. They will be piloted in 2019.  Look to our website for delivery locations and dates.

We also submitted a proposal in partnership with Trajectory IQ, a gamification software and services company dedicated to employee onboarding, orientation, and training, to digitize some of our materials to make them more accessible for learners in Canada and around the world. The Digitizing Workplace Resources is currently being implemented.

We have just launched a new national project with Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, Employment and Social Development Canada that will be provide Employment Counsellors with strategies for incorporating Essential Skills tools into their practice. The project began in March 2019 and will see us once again working across the country.  

Things to read
Frontier College published a new report that is well worth the time to read:  Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Canada West Foundation also gives us plenty to think about in their newest report: WHAT NOW? | Ready or Not: The need to improve this gen literacy.

Share your stories
We would love to hear from you, if you have examples of how you use AWES materials, or feedback from learners or program participants we would love to have you send them to us. 

AWES is really excited about our new YouTube site. We currently have two playlists: 
  • Newcomers and the Workplace (CLB 3+)
  • Work fast, Work Safe (CLB 1-2)

Check out these animated videos and let us know what you think.  

We are always looking for new ideas so if you think of something you'd like to see, please let us know.

AWES recently held workshops for practitioners. This is what the participants had to say.

Introduction to Essential Skills (Calgary and Edmonton)
  • Excellent! very meaty - good use of my day.
  • This was a very valuable training that exceeded my expectations! Great job!
  • Instructor handled students questions very well.
  • Very relevant and timely training.
Application of Essential Skills to Curriculum Development (Red Deer)
  • I had so many 'A-ha!' moments in this course. It brought a completely new perspective for understanding how to effectively help people learn and grow.
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