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Essential Skills for the WorkPlace


Essential Skills for the WorkPlace (ESWP) programs provide adults an opportunity to improve their academic skills as well as work towards providing the skills and training to help them find employment in our region. The program incorporates academics, personal management skills, interpersonal skills, and job readiness, career search skills and resume writing.

Program participants will have an opportunity to participate in a skills training program, but also to improve their job readiness skills. Skill training opportunities will differ by location.

Each participant will also be given a minimum of 60 hours of job shadowing and work placement hours to build work related skills, create connections to regional employers and provide valuable references for their resume.


Applicants should be unemployed or working casually and be willing to participate in job shadowing and work placements.

Preference will be given to applicants with low levels of formal education and applicants whose education levels and/or skills have been a barrier to finding successful employment.

All potential participants must participate in an intake process. Ability to provide transcripts and other documentation of previous training would be an asset.

Tuition: Provincial Training Allowance may be available.
Books & Supplies: Basic materials are supplied.

Programs available:

Essential Skills for the WorkPlace - Marguerite Riel Centre - Melfort

Essential Skills for the WorkPlace Programming


The Essential Skills for the WorkPlace (ESWP) program is a program that can accommodate many academic levels with the primary focus to help participants transition to the workforce. All participants will participate in academic upgrading, at an individualized level, as well as career research and job readiness skill development. Programs will begin with a life skills portion designed to enhance personal management skills and bolster self-esteem. Topics to include assessing barriers to employment, assessing skills and interests, communicating effectively, conflict resolution and decision making and goal setting. We will use the ESAT, Essential Skills Assessment Tool, developed by FutureWorx to help build employability skills and self-awareness in participants. It works specifically with benchmarks to evaluate essential skills, motivation, attitude, accountability, teamwork, confidence, adaptability, stress management, presentation, and time management.


They will then transition to academic preparation and job readiness training. Participants will work on areas such as digital literacy, cyber security, virtual meeting tools, as well in MS Word. They will work on pre-employment skills such as resume writing and interviewing skills. We hope to incorporate some health & safety certificates depending on participant interest and need, such as First Aid/CPR/AED, Food Safe, and WHMIS.


The transition to employment piece will happen throughout the programming, to help participants develop goals and skills. Participants will participate in job search and career research, job shadowing, and work placements. The goal of the program is to facilitate 60 hours per participant of employment-based experience, with participants and the class instructor working to ensure that all placements are supported, and feedback is regularly collected to ensure a positive experience for both the participant and the employer.


The employer will be asked to complete some initial paperwork to ensure that participants are properly covered under the college’s MOU with WCB. Employers will be asked to document through forms and short interviews with the instructor the types of activities the participant has performed and to provide feedback on the participants areas of strengths and weaknesses. The goal for participants is that they will be able to use the work placement as a resume builder and be clear on the skills and abilities gained and mastered during their time in the program.


Dates: 1 September 2021 to 27 May 2022
Location: Melfort
Delivery: Face to Face

Winter Program - Essential Skills for the Workplace - Yellow Quill First Nation

Dates: 10 January 2022 to 13 May 2022
Delivery: Face to Face/Online
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