Newcomers Essential Skills Training (NEST)

NEST is a 5-month full-time training program to help you improve your essential skills so you can more successfully find work and participate in the community. Essential skills are:

  • reading text
  • use of documents
  • writing
  • working with numbers
  • oral communication
  • thinking skills
  • working with others
  • computer use
  • continuous learning

This program is free and you may qualify for funding while studying.

What this program will help you with

  • Improving your English communication skills
  • Understanding Canadian culture
  • Learning computers
  • Developing relationships
  • Increasing your awareness of the labour market
  • Conducting a successful job search
  • Researching employment or education opportunities for your future

How the program works

This program is delivered twice a year to 20 eligible applicants each time and includes (20) weeks of full-time classes with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

You can apply to this program if you are

Applicants must fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Unemployed or marginally employed
  • A resident of Alberta; Permanent Resident, new Canadian Citizen, Refugee with positive Notice of Decision Letter
  • Canadian Language Benchmark 3 or higher in all skill areas: (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • Highly motivated and commitment to completing the program


  • 10170 – 112 Street NW

How to access the program

  • Call  780 424 7709
  • Email

This program is funded by Alberta Advanced Education