Workplace Essential Skills Program (WES)
Workplace Essential Skills (WES) training is aimed at helping adults who are employed or seeking employment and require additional essential skills to succeed. It is also available to employers who are experiencing skilled labour shortages and in need of recruitment support. Courses are offered free of charge for adult residents of New Brunswick.
Learning activities focus on the specific tasks associated with either an individual’s current job or desired occupation. Training is customized to respond to the specific needs of the work environment.
Additionally, WES training can be designed to support apprentices who have experienced difficulties with taking certification exams. Training is adapted to help apprentices prepare for tests such as the Essential Skills Assessment, Block tests or Red Seal Certification exams.
Individuals and employers interested in these courses may contact the WES regional coordinator in their area.
Participants are assessed in the nine essential skills prior to entry into the program.
These skills include:
- Document use
- Oral communication
- Working with others
- Thinking skills
- Computer use
- Continuous learning
Adult learners who are currently employed and/or apprentices
The program is open to adults 18 years of age and older who have below functional level skills in one or more essential skills, including at least one literacy skill.
Adult learners who are seeking employment
The program is open to adults 18 years of age and older who:
- have below function level skills in one or more essential skills, including at least one literacy skill;
- have an occupational goal; and
- who are case managed through Employment Development, Social Development, Public Safety or WorkSafe NB.
IN THE WORKPLACE
PETL provides an initial Training Needs Assessment to identify the essential skills required in the specific workplace. Based on the results, training is customized and can be delivered on site. Training ends with a final evaluation of the impacts and recommendations for future learning opportunities within the business.
IN THE COMMUNITY
WES training is based on the occupational goals that eligible individuals identify with their case manager. Training includes the opportunity to apply the skills learned in a workplace through work placement. Training ends with a final evaluation of the impacts and recommendations for future learning opportunities.
Apprentices who require addition help to be successful on certification exams may access training through their regional apprenticeship officer or employer.