AWES has the workplace essential skills tools and services your organization needs

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) provides workplace training that supports all aspects of a worker's career path. This includes training trainers, assessing skills, uncovering gaps, developing programming and evaluating the results of our essential skills training.

Our goal is simple: for workers to have the essential skills they need to fully participate in the workplace, in their communities, and in their personal lives.

What makes AWES unique

  • We provide fully customized, relevant training to your organization because we listen first to what you need
  • We collaborate with employers and other partners
  • We view essential skills training through the lens of the employer and the employee
  • We know how essential skills can improve productivity, safety and the bottom line for employers
  • We understand how essential skills can help workers attain and retain employment
  • We develop a customized approach tailored to individuals and workplaces

The importance of essential skills

Jobs at all levels continue to increase in complexity. This means workers need to continue to build on their essential skills to evolve with their jobs and adapt to an ever-changing workplace.

Signs of a low-skilled workforce



Employers perspective

“A lot of our employees have never taken any formal presentation training and liked the fact that they were learning tools to make them into better speakers so that they didn’t become the kind of speaker that they didn’t enjoy listening to or learning from.  We definitely would recommend this course to other companies. “

Latest Blogs

Guided Pathways: Training Design and Development

As we near the end of 2020, we are one step closer to rolling out our training component for the Guided Pathways project. Starting in winter 2021, we will provide training to 900 career development practitioners (CDPs) across the country to integrate essential skills resources …

Taking the Screen: Cannexus 2021

We are happy to announce that we will be (virtually) returning to CERIC’s annual career development conference, Cannexus, in 2021! To fit next year’s theme, Career Development for Public Good, AWES will present on Guided Pathways: Integrating Essential Skills into Practice. This project focuses on …

Guided Pathways: Meet the Advisory Committee

The Guided Pathways project is thrilled to introduce an exceptional group of professionals who have joined our Advisory Committee. This committee will serve to give expert advice into the Guided Pathways project in the areas of essential skills, adult learning, and career development. This group …