Newcomer Essential Skills Training program at EMCN

A message from the EMCN regarding their new Newcomer Essential Skills Training (NEST) program

NEST is for newcomers and immigrants who possess a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score of 4 but are still struggling to get, or maintain employment or move ahead in their lives and further education because of barriers.


To apply for the Newcomer Essential Skills Training program, applicants must:

  • possess a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score of 4 in speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • be 18 years old or more at time of program application
  • be a permanent resident or new Canadian Citizen and reside in Alberta
  • be unemployed or marginally employed, or qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • demonstrate readiness, willingness, and ability to complete the full 5 months of programming
  • be assessed in the nine essential skills prior to acceptance into the program

The application process is competitive. Applying for the program does not guarantee acceptance.


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At the conclusion of the Newcomer Essential Skills Training program participants will:

  • have increased employability or eligibility for further training
  • have increased essential skills competencies
  • have more self-confidence and take greater pride in their abilities and accomplishments
  • develop a positive attitude toward continuous learning
  • show more initiative and becoming more innovative
  • make decisions more independently and have an improved ability to cope with change


If eligible, participants in this program will receive monthly living allowance in the form of a grant from Alberta Human Services. This money does not have to be paid back. Learners will be assessed for eligibility during the final step of the assessment.

Essential skills assessments are scheduled for every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday mornings, beginning June 1st. People can be referred to the assessment process by contacting EMCN at 780-424-7709 or [email protected]