Tools and Publications

Workplace Skills Learning Resources

AWES offers free Workplace Skills learning resources to be used in a workshop setting or for self-study.

While the tools are available for free it is recommended that a resource training workshop be considered to utilize the materials to their full potential.

Publications are also available for purchase.  Please contact us for prices.

Giving Safety Talks: A guide for the construction sector 2014

This set of resources helps supervisors and trainers give effective safety talks. The resources can be used in a workshop setting or for self-study. The Safety Posters have a large visual on the front to explain the safety point and a some teaching tips on the back. The set consists of:

Download Publication Facilitator Guide
Download Publication Participant Workbook
Download Publication Self Directed Guide
Download Publication 50 Safety Posters

Construction Safety Training System Study Guide: Strategies to help newcomers take the CSTS-09 course 2013

This resource helps learners prepare for the online CSTS-09 course. It is designed for non-native speakers of English, as well as those with literacy and essential skills challenges in reading and computer use.

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Working with Newcomers: Tips for culturally diverse Canadian organizations 2012

This set of resources gives Canadian-born employees practical tips on how to work more effectively with recent newcomers to Canada. They can be used in a workshop setting or for self-directed study.

Download Publication Facilitator Guide
Download Publication Participant Workbook
Download Publication Companion Resource

Workplace Integration Series 2013

This set of resources is for newcomer professionals and their managers and mentors. The resources explain common challenges newcomers experience as they integrate into Canadian workplaces. They provide practical advice, learning exercises and activities to support and accelerate workplace integration.

Download Publication Desk Reference
Download Publication Desk Reference Workbook
Download Publication A Guide for Managers and Mentors

Working in the Canadian Workplace Series 2012

This resource is for recent immigrants to Canada who are working in the Canadian workplace. This handbook gives immigrants a better understanding of an employer’s expectations for them. It also gives practical ways to achieve those expectations. This learning will support language, intercultural and other integration-related needs

Best Practices for the EWP Trainer: English in the Workplace 2012

This resource supports providers of English in the Workplace (EWP) training. It lists 72 best practices specific to trainers and an additional 17 best practices for centers providing workplace language, intercultural and related integration training. The best practices were collected from EWP specialists in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. The resource provides guidelines for designing, delivering and evaluating EWP programs.

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Sectoral Needs Assessment: A Process for Essential Skills Analysis

This guide provides a framework for performing a sectoral needs analysis. It overviews a systematic process of identifying needs in an industry, based on information drawn from a representative sample and an examination for other contributing variables.

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Integrating Workplace Essential Skills into Curricula: A process model 2005

This resource outlines the six steps to introduce workplace essential skills into existing curriculum.  It includes identifying possible stakeholders, understanding the occupational goals of the learners, utilizing the resources available to identify common tasks, incorporating the tasks into the curriculum, gathering authentic document and preparing the instructors.

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WorkUp! 2012

WorkUp! was a project that was designed to increase capacity for Workplace Essential Skills in Alberta by training facilitators.  The documents include  materials developed to educate and inform. They include a report on the project, fact sheets, a practitioner guide and more.

Download Publication Practitioner Guide
Download Publication Case Studies Summaries
Download Publication Full Case Studies
Download Publication Apprentice to Supervisor

AWES Online Assessment

AWES is excited to now offer an online assessment tool.  This assessment looks at reading, document use and numeracy skills.  

Have a look and try out the sample questions at:  AWES Assessment

Call us with any questions you have.

Bridge to Leadership 2015

Bridge to Leadership is a four module course that was developed using a blended learning model.  The materials target immigrant workers who are moving into employment that put them in supervisory positions.  The four modules are a combination of content knowledge opportunity, language development and intercultural competence building.

  • Module 1: Knowing Self. Understanding Others.
  • Module 2: The Leader as Critical Thinker
  • Module 3: The Leader as Problem Solver
  • Module 4: The Leader as Coach
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English for Workplace Safety 2015

The English for Workplace Safety materials were designed to increase the understanding of Canadian standards for safety to newcomers to Canada.  This course was designed as a blended learning course and has an accompanying moodle class that can be used with the materials.  

This is a four-module course to support English language learners in building a strong foundation in workplace safety and to bridge them into conventional safety training for their current and future jobs. The course consist of the following four modules:

  • Module 1 Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Law
  • Module 2 Personal Protective Equipment and Back Care
  • Module 3 Workplace Hazards
  • Module 4 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)


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Bridge to Project Management 2016

Course overview 

This course helps ESL employees gain project management skills through a focus on language, intercultural and Workplace Essentials Skills. The course consists of four online learning modules and four full-day workshops. Participants will explore project management concepts that can be applied to any job by moving through the phases of a project. 

  • Module 1: Project Fundamentals and Initiation
  • Module 2: Planning the Project 
  • Module 3: Project Execution 
  • Module 4: Monitoring and Project Closure 

Target audience 

ESL employees interested in improving their language, intercultural and Essential Skills related to

Building Community Capacity Project Resources 2017

AWES was granted funding through the Government of Alberta to help build community capacity related to integrating workplace essential skills with language learning and workplace culture. The purpose of this project is to provide training and resources to community organizations that support newcomers and their workplaces. Community organizations are often the first point of entry for thousands of Alberta immigrants who may not have access to mainstream training programs. Better programming will allow more immigrants to learn the language, essential skills, and workplace culture needed to attain and retain employment.

The scope of the project includes the development of the following resources: 

  • Workforce Participation Workbook 1 – CLB 3 to 5 (introductory workplace skills)
  • Workforce Participation Workbook 2 – CLB 6 to 8 (intermediate workplace skills)
  • Workforce Participation Facilitator Guide 
  • Workplace Resources for English Language Learners: An Annotated Guide

The workbooks and facilitator guide develop language competence, intercultural communication skills, and workplace essential skills by incorporating authentic workplace documents and tasks.

The annotated guide provides a look at the most relevant resources to support ELL's for workplace success.

Download Publication Workforce Participation - Workbook 1
Download Publication Workforce Participation - Workbook 2
Download Publication Workforce Participation - Facilitator Guide
Download Publication Workplace Resources for English Language Learners: An Annotated Guide

Intercultural Intelligence - Working with Cultural Diversity in the Community Disability Services Sector 2015


This manual is a result of the Building a Skilled Workforce Through Essential Skills  project funded by the Government of Alberta. The Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) is leading this project in partnership with the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS).

The project purpose is to develop organizational capacity in the disability services sector, through training and Workplace Essential Skills (WES) development, to increase the engagement and effectiveness of a diverse workforce.

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