Research is an important part of achieving progress for industry sectors, employers and practioners. AWES responds to this need in a variety of ways. We execute in-depth literature reviews, manage extensive sector analysis and create best practices recommendations for practitioners. AWES also compiles resource guides that review and summarize essential skills, language learning and intercultural resources for employers, employees and practitioners.

Examples of our work:

  • Workplace Resources for English Language Learners: An annotated guide
  • Best Practices for the EWP Trainer: English in the workplace
  • Getting Through the Door: How to market workplace essential skills training to employers
  • Introducing Workplace Essential Skills into Curricula: A process model
  • Sectoral Needs Assessment: A process for essential skills analysis

Curriculum and resource development

AWES has a strong track record for developing curriculum to meet the needs of a wide range of clients. Our course topics target a variety of essential skills because they are custom built as a response to gaps found during the research and needs assessment phase of development. We build curriculums for Canadian born workers who are missing essential skills to perform the tasks required in their jobs. We also build curriculums to support newcomers to Canada. We design programs for delivery in the workplace or to be provided off site by adult education and immigrant serving organizations throughout Alberta and beyond.

Examples of our work:

  • Giving Safety Talks
  • English for Workplace Safety
  • Bridge to Leadership
  • Workforce Participation