What Is Employment Skills Training? (EST)

Thanks to the support of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), CIES is proud to offer the free of charge Employment Skills Training Program (EST). This program equips unemployed immigrants with the skills to secure employment in Canada. Clients will make a career plan, build an effective resume and cover letter, learn effective business communication techniques, develop interview preparation skills, and soft skills to navigate Canadian business culture.

Clients with Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) of 4 and above are welcome to register for Employment Skills Training. A free monthly bus pass and free of charge childminding are eligible for clients with children aged 19 months to 6 years old who are enrolled in CIES’ Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) program.

EST Curriculum

Job Search Skills (up to 80 hours)

  • Overview of the Canadian job market
  • Goal setting and career planning
  • Accessing the hidden job market in Calgary, Alberta
  • Job search strategies, job postings and job fairs
  • Canadian-style professional resume and cover letter preparation
  • Secrets to success in the Canadian-style job interview
  • Network building and connection
  • Canadian small talk
  • Understanding Canadian culture and Canadian business culture
  • Understanding employers’ expectations
  • Application procedures
  • Using social media to find jobs and build professional networks in Alberta

Canadian-Style Business Communication (up to 80 hours)

  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Stress management and confidence building
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Work prioritization and time management
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Uses of ALIS

Computer Skills for Job Readiness (up to 160 hours)

  • MS Office: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Power Point
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Internet Knowledge and Operation/Online Job Search
  • Google and Outlook calendars

Seminars (up to 80 hours)

  • Guest speakers from the corporate sector/networking opportunities



Am I Eligible?

  • Open to Permanent Residents, Refugees, and Live-In Caregivers
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher
  • Commitment to complete the 3-month program

When Is This Class?

  • Up to 320 hours of training over 3 months
  • Full-time classes run Monday to Friday from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm
    • Full-Time Class Sessions
      Intake Session Dates
      1st intake Apr.3- Jun. 23, 2017
      2nd intake Jun.26- Sep. 22, 2017
      3rd intake Sep.25 – Dec.15, 2017
      4th intake Jan.8-Mar.30, 2018
  • Part-time classes run Monday to Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm
    • Part-Time Class Sessions
      Intake Session Dates
      1st intake Apr.3- Jun. 23, 2017
      2nd intake Jun.26- Sep. 22, 2017
  • Classes are closed for the Stampede Break (July 7th – 13th, 2017) and Christmas (December 18th, 2017 – January 4th, 2018)

Where Is This Class?

This program is offered at two locations:

  • Calgary Immigrant Educational Society: 1723 – 40th Street Southeast, Calgary, AB. T2A 7Y3.
    • For more information, call 403-235-3666.
  • The Welcome Centre for New Immigrants: 3820 – 32nd Street Northeast, Calgary, AB. T1Y 7L9.
    • For more information, call 403-291-0002.

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