Training for Newcomers

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Welcome to the Training for Newcomers bulletin board. The training events & workshops listed on this page are NOT affiliated with Cooperative ESL Ministries. If you are looking for our training events, please click here. 

Posts are updated regularly. To submit a post, please e-mail


CCIS Cooking Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

CCIS is offering a Cooking Pre-Apprenticeship Training program for newcomers. The program starts on September 19th and is a full time 7 month long program which will provide participants with the 1st period of the Cook Apprenticeship occupational training.

Here is the link to CCIS’s website for more information:



CIWA Office Administration Program

The Office Administration Program for Immigrant Women is a full-time, 24 week employment program, designed to help participants join the Canadian workforce.

Who Can Apply?

  • Immigrant women who are:
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Permanent residents
  • Educated and/or professionally experienced in administrative positions
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks of 7 or higher

Participants will gain:

  • 14 weeks of career training on: English language skills, computers and Canadian workplace culture.
  • 10 weeks of work experience and a Canadian reference
  • Job search resources and skills
  • Individual access to a career counsellor


Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association 138 – 4 Ave. SE

Contact: Yulia Minakova 403.263.4414 ext. 127


CCIS: Jumpstart to Success Program

Jumpstart to Success is an employment readiness program for immigrant youth ages 15-30. The program has three different interventions, Group Based Employability Skills (GBES), Employability Skills through Work Experience (ESWE) and Work Experience (WE), available for clients depending on their needs.

Participants must

  • Be 15-30 years of age (inclusive)
  • Not be in school full time
  • Have not received EI in the last 5 years
  • Be a permanent resident, Canadian citizen or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Contact: Beverley Hejduk 403.290.5133

CCIS Trade Training-For-Work Programs: Millwright & Machining OR Sheet Metal

Who should apply? Immigrants who:

  • are unemployed and have been in Canada no more than 10 years
  • are interested in pursuing employment in the machining/millwright trades
  • are ready, willing and able to commit to completing the training and looking for work in the field of training

Apply in person at the CCIS Office or Call/Email for more information: Millwright: 403-290-5121 or  Sheet Metal: 403-290-5122 or

Centre for Newcomers – EthniCity Catering Work Experience Program

Are you new to Canada? Are you looking for your first job? Through the Ethnicity Work Experience program, you can gain valuable Canadian work experience and learn essential workplace skills to help you find and keep a permanent job. This program offers a temporary, part-time Canadian job; training to work in a commercial kitchen; a food safety card from Alberta Health Services; support to look for permanent work; training in number skills, document use and English communication; information about settling and adjusting to life in Canada. For more information, or to apply call 403-569-3325

Directions for Immigrants – Study Groups

Directions for Immigrants is a no-cost career service centre that helps internationally educated professionals secure employment and gain accreditation.
Explore the Study Groups: Our Job Success Study Groups develop essential communication skills required to be successful in the workplace. Our Study Groups prepare clients for accreditation exams required to attain professional licensure in engineering, geosciences, medicine, medical laboratory science, nursing and pharmacy. See our website for more details about the study groups.
Contact us: Email your first and last name and phone number to directions@bowvalleycollege to book an appointment with a career coach to determine eligibility for joining a study group.

CIWA Modular Training Program for Immigrant Women

Training is provided in the following areas of employment:

  • Production
  • Institutional Cleaning
  • Hotel Room Attendant
  • Food Service

Clients complete one or more of these training streams.
Flexible class schedules: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Entry into the program is ongoing.

The course is free. Childcare is provided

Please contact Punam Dalal at or phone: 403-263-4414 ext. 221
or contact Jenny Krabbe at or phone: 403-263-4414 ext. 170

Bredin Workskills Program

Are you unemployed? On Income support or EI? Do you want to work?

The WorkSkills Program is an 18-week Integrated Training program that helps students develop the workplace essential skills they need to find full-time employment in their chosen occupation within the trades, the oil and gas sector or the service industry. Currently accepting applications for program starting immediately.

For more information contact Joanne Johnston, Employment Developer/Service Manager or Silvana Arezo, Program Assistant at 403-261-5775 or by email: or

CCIS Drama Project

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society is pleased to be offering their Youth Drama Project. This is a free, after school program for grades 2-6. For more info contact 403-470-4529 or email

Moving Forward: Training for Employability 

This 32 week program put on by the Centre for Newcomers is designed for immigrants who have limited formal education in their first language, and low levels of Essential skills and English literacy. Clients will focus on the development and use of essential skills specific to entry level jobs in baking or retail meat cutting in a supermarket or related business. For more info contact Dan Fast at 403-569-3339.

The New Family Place Classes

Adult Sewing Classes

This class will be held on Mondays 1pm-3pm at the New Family Place, 101, 120 -17th Ave SW.  Contact 403-514-8331 for more details.

Mother Goose Program

Focus on the pleasure of using rhymes, songs while connecting with your child at this free program, held on Tuesdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am. For more information please call: 403-263-1543.

Bow Valley Career Courses

Bow Valley College’s Career Connections is running free two hour courses on resumes, interview skills and networking at various libraries through the City.  They can register directly by clicking here.

Trade Training-for-Work Programs 

Millwright & Machining or Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic 30-week training including: Preparations for Training & Employment, SAIT Occupational Skills Training and Work Experience.

Who should apply? Immigrants, who are: unemployed and have been in Canada no more than 10 years; interested in pursuing employment in one of the above trades; ready, willing, and able to commit themselves to completing the training program and finding work in the field. To apply, In person at the CCIS Office or Call/Email for more information: Millwright: 403-290-5121 or Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: 403-290-5115 or

Welcome to Alberta Workshops

Find out more about resources available to new immigrants. Every Thursday from 10 – 12 noon at Immigrant Services Calgary. For more information call 403-265-1120 or visit

Youth Employment Centre

The Youth Employment Centre is a great place to connect immigrant youth with exciting opporutnities. To view their latest update, click here.

Immigrant Professionals in the Environment Sector

CCIS is offering a new training opportunity for Immigrant Professionals in the Environment Sector. The Program includes 6 weeks of sector-specific classroom training designed by environmental employers, skilled immigrants, and employment counselors, and an 8-week work experience placement to gain industry experience. For more information visit

Immigrant Bridging Program for Foreign Trained Teachers

The Transition to Alberta Classrooms (TAC) program will help foreign trained teachers for whom English is an additional language prepare for employment. The program is designed to assist immigrant teachers with international experience overcome challenges they face. For more information on the program, contact Anne O’Byrne: or 403-777-7272 Ext. 2427.