aWEST - Essential Skills for Trades

Drop In and Upgrade Your Essential Skills


aWEST is Manitoba's only Essential Skills drop-in centre that offers free training in the Essential Skills needed for specific trades.


The nine Essential Skills that are needed in every workplace and on every jobsite are Technical Reading, Document Use, Numeracy, Writing, Oral Communication, Working with Others, Thinking Skills, Computer Use and Continuous Learning.


If you’re preparing for an exam, for certification, or just want to build up your knowledge in one or more of the Essential Skills used in every workplace and jobsite, then drop in and talk to one of our trades-experienced instructors.


Who is this for?


Apprentices in the workplace
Trades qualifiers
Trades people studying for exams
Anyone considering a trades career


When is it open?


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4:30 – 8 pm.


Where is it?


The drop in centre is located at the Workplace Essential Skills Training (WEST) centre, located at 1000 Waverley St. (between Wilson Place and Seel Ave.).


Reminder: this is a "Smoke Free Environment"


For more information please call (204) 272.4591 or e-mail




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For more trades information...


Workplace Education Manitoba and the provincial Apprenticeship Branch, together with Manitoba Labour and Immigration, have developed a web-based resource for the trades.  Called, it can help you plan your career by providing detailed information on the trades in Manitoba, identifying your skills and providing tools and tips to find work in the trades. 


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