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23 Years Strong

Providing World Class Education and Training

1999

Under the guidance of Marjorie Davison, AWENS was founded by the Department of Education of Nova Scotia and was registered under the Societies Act, as a non-profit organization with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies. Workplace Education entered into a partnership with the former Volvo workers to help them establish essential skills programs and an action centre; The Volvo Worker Readjustment Centre.

2001

AWENS received the Partnership Appreciation Award in recognition of our leadership and contribution to the creation of a lifelong learning culture in Nova Scotia. The Essential Skills and Alzheimer/Dementia Care course was developed.

2006

AWENS received the National Award of Excellence for Municipal Workplace Literacy Achievements in Recognition of Educators, Practitioners, Organizations and Municipal Partners.

2007

Transition Centre, jointly funded by Service Canada and the Department of Education, opened in June 2007. The purpose of the center was to provide a visible and tangible support system to assist the displaced workers in finding new employment, identify training needs and develop personal transition plans.

2012

Bringing technology into the classroom. AWENS receive funding to provide 11 mobile computer labs (134) across Nova Scotia. This led to providing a essential computer skills program.

2017

AWENS launches its Corporate Education Solutions program to connect businesses with Subject Matter Experts.

2018

AWENS goes global by providing workplace education solutions to colleges, universities and governments in the Caribbean.

2019

Working with technology, AWENS transforms apprenticeship curriculum to an online, digital resource study guide and re-establishes its tutoring program to aid apprentices with preparing to write the Red Seal exam. AWENS works in partnership with WEI to bring together over 60 Workplace Education Instructors to celebrate 30 years at the 2019 Fall Institute held at Oak Island Inn.

2020

AWENS members move to an online platform to continue to support organizations’ employees as we all transition from a face-to-face environment to an online learning environment.

2022

Awens transitions to new identiy 5D Corporate Teaching and Learning Centre in order to meet the needs of todays diverse workforce.