Get Ready for Work: Training Resources for Newcomers

Here are two free essential skills assessment and training resources for new immigrants at or above upper intermediate English level (CLB3-6):

The resources will be used in a group setting to assist newcomers with developing reading and writing skills so they are more comfortable for workplace tasks in English.

Come by for a visit and find out about resources and services available; contact Nancy at 250-624-9498 to arrange a meeting. Individual tutoring times can be arranged to better suit your schedule.

Read Forward, located online at and developed and tested by Bow Valley College. It focuses on assessing, and then providing learners with a snapshot of their Essential Skills Reading Levels. Read Forward has six levels, from 1b to 3a. Each level has 5 locator assessments, 5 practice tests, and some additional activities. In addition, each level comes with Results Tracking Forms, a full set of answer keys and a very informative user guide.

The online resources can be printed off and can be used for groups, with individuals for tutoring, or as self-paced learning materials. They can used as part of a skills workshop to introduce newcomers to how they can build up their reading skills for work.

The second resource was developed and tested for learners in 2009; it is the Workplace Vocabulary Builder available online as a PDF document at
It was created through the Office of Learning Essential Skills (OLES). It is also free, and it is intended for newcomers at CLB5+ (upper intermediate). There are 24 lessons, each with 6 different types of exercises. There is also an answer key. The focus is on workplace literacy and building document use, reading and writing skills – the materials also lend themselves to conversations and developing speaking and listening skills.

Our services for newcomers and immigrants are available free of charge in Prince Rupert thanks to funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and BC Settlement and Integration Services.