Work Foundations

The purpose of Work Foundations is to provide full-time and part-time basic skills training and academic upgrading to enable clients to pursue further job-related training and/or to find a job and substantially improve their situation.

The Work Foundations Program is primarily for low-income Albertans who lack the basic academic, language and/or employability skills needed to advance to further training, get a job, and become self-sufficient.

Program Elements

Basic Skills Training is a classroom-based training program designed to help people develop the basic competencies needed to obtain employment and/or to pursue further employmentrelated training. Basic Skills Training is provided on both a part-time and full-time basis, and includes:

  • English as an additional language (ESL)
  • Basic Literacy and Numeracy (Grades 1-6)
  • Adult Basic Education (Grades 7-9)
  • Life Skills/Personal Management

Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading is a grade 10-12, training program that helps clients develop the academic competencies needed to get a job or to pursue further employment-related training. The expected outcomes of Academic Upgrading are increased employability, employment, and readiness for further training. Academic Upgrading is provided on a part-time and full-time basis.

Program Outcomes

Short term

  • Increased employability
  • Paid employment
  • Progression to further training

Long term

  • Sustained employment
  • Reduced dependency on income support
For more information visit the Alberta Learning Information Service website.

For more information

Career Information Hotline
Phone: 780‑422‑4266
Toll Free Phone: 1‑800‑661‑3753
Fax: 780‑422‑5319
Hours of operation: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Modified: 2016-02-18
PID: 3103