What's NEWs at TOWES


Skills for Success: Validation Study

The Skills for Success: Validation Study is a national applied research project with the primary objective to validate and support the new Skills for Success model, launched in 2021. The project is funded by the Government of Canada's Adult Learning, Literacy, and Essential Skills Program and led by Bow Valley College.

Visit Skills for Success: Validation Study to learn more.

Success in Apprenticeship

Success in Apprenticeship was a 5-year foundational skills project, funded by the Government of Canada's Adult Learning, Literacy, and Essential Skills Program and led by Bow Valley College.

The project's main objective was to support apprentices in their Skills for Success through the integration of foundational skills training within their technical program.

A free online Open Educational Resource is now available as an output of the project, containing a wide variety of training materials and skills evaluation. Visit successinapprenticeship.ca for more details.

Office of Skills for Success

On May 18, 2021 the federal government, through Employment and Social Development Canada and the Office of Skills for Success (previously identified as OLES) officially released a new skills model to replace what was previously identified as Essential skills. The new model, Skills for Success, is positioned to closely align with the evolving needs of the Canadian workforce, economy and labour market. To read Bow Valley College's response to the Skills for Success launch, click here.

TOWES Preparation Videos - NEW!


TOWES has released 2 new videos to support test takers with preparing for TOWES.  Visit the Test Taker Services section of the website to watch the videos.


Open Educational Resource - Essential Skills for TOWES

TOWES, through support from the Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education, has finalized the development of a free, web-based resources for anyone interested in practicing and improving literacy skills.

Click here to read more about this exciting initiative.

Canada Job Grant

The Canada Job Grant is employer-driven training funding designed to help address skill mismatches and ensure that new or existing employees are trained in high-demand areas. This flexible program is designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. Many TOWES training programs are eligible for funding investment.

For more information about the Canada Job Grant, visit Employment and Social Development Canada.


LES Capacity Building for Treaty 7

TOWES is leading a literacy and essential skills capacity building initiative for Treaty 7 Career Development Staff.  Through consultations with Treaty 7 members TOWES will create and deliver workshops to build capacity among urban and on-reserve members to guide and develop the literacy and essential skills of aboriginal clients.

Click here for more information.


NEW Two Domain Assessment

TOWES is pleased to announce the release of a new two domain general assessment, focusing specifically on the LES domains of Reading and Numeracy. This assessment best measures skills at levels 2 and 3.

Contact TOWES for more information.

LinkedIn ImageTOWES on LinkedIn

Connect with us on LinkedIn to find out more about the TOWES team, discuss the latest on literacy and essential skills, or find out what's new at TOWES.

UpSkill ImageTOWES: The Tool of Choice for Project UpSkill

In a recent study prepared by the SRDC and published August 2014, UpSkill: the Essentials to Excel Project, utilized TOWES as the assessment tool - chosen for its reliability and rigor. This report effectively and scientifically measures the return on investment of literacy and essential skills training in the workplace. See the results of the report here.



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