Essential Skills

Skilled Employees = Higher Productivity & Better Retention

AFPA has a unique partnership with Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) focused on assisting food and beverage processors with support in the areas of onboarding. 

Language and Skills for Careers in Food Processing Training - 3 workshops - Oct. & Nov. 2018 - LETHBRIDGE & CALGARY

Exciting training Opporutnity! No Cost!  This course is for immigrants who want to improve their language and workplace skills in food processing occupantions.

  • Job Skills
  • Canadian workplace
  • Learning at work
  • Pronunciation
  • Communication
  • Workplace documents
  • Health & Safety

What you will get:

  • An essential skills assessment and on-line activites to improve your skills
  • 16 hours of training
  • On-line videos to watch & learn

Alberta Government's Workforce Development Grant Opportunities

Does Your Company Need Essential Skills Training?

Let’s find out. Do your employees use any of these skills in their day-to-day work?

  • Using Documents -  signs, labels, gauges, tables, graphs, forms, manufacturers safety data sheets (MSDS), schematic drawings, blueprints
  • Math (Numeracy) - measuring, weighing, calculating, estimating, converting, comparing, analyzing, budgeting, scheduling 
  • Troubleshooting (Solving Problems) - identifying issues, diagnosing causes, comparing data, coordinating people, assessing risks 
  • Making Decisions - timing, action, safety, communication 
  • Oral Communication (speaking) - pagers, radio, phone, shift change, safety talks, mentoring, instructions, engaging the public, co-workers, subordinates, other agencies
  • Reading - log books, memos, brochures, manuals, textbooks, websites, emails, GPS, instruments and controls  
  • Computer Use (and other digital technology) - use specific applications, draft letters and send emails, retrieve and print data, prepare graphs and charts, create spreadsheets, analyze data
  •  Planning and Organizing Job Tasks - adhering to routines, prioritizing work, scheduling shifts, coordinating with others
  • Writing - short emails, weekly/monthly/annual reports or log book entries, letters, forms

ALL the above tasks are considered ESSENTIAL SKILLS. Is your company wasting time and resources because of miscommunications or having to redo tasks?  

Are you getting the best work from your employees? Are they motivated to do their best work for YOU? Find out how the Skilling UP method of training for Essential Skills can improve your company’s productivity, your bottom line, employee retention and satisfaction, AND decrease safety incidents and down time.  

Cindy Messaros, Executive Director 
We customize training for EXACTLY what your company needs. 

The Skilling UP Program is the result of a partnership between AWES and the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, and supported by SkillPlan, DataAngel, the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium EMC).


Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) is a non-profit training organization that promotes the importance of ensuring workers have the essential skills required to engage in healthy productive lives. Workers with the appropriate levels of essential skills are able to evolve with their jobs and adapt to an ever-changing workplace more readily. Jobs of today and in the future will continue to increase in degrees of complexity, resulting in the need for workers to continue to build on their essential skills.