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TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills)

In the CRTP Unit we strive to ensure our students are work ready and one way we do this is through evaluation and assessment. TOWES, The Test of Workplace Essential Skills. is used to assess skiil. This is a very practical, workplace focused evaluation that tests a person's ability to find and use information in real workplace documents. TOWES helps us diagnose and train for skills gaps caused by language, different divisions of labor in other countries, and organization of documentation. The scores listed below are the Post-CRTP scores. The post training scores will be entered in early November. For more information about TOWES please visit

A score of 3 in all three areas is considered a very strong score and work ready.

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is the center of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. CRTP uses this national standard to assess and inform instruction. The focus is to build and develop the language needed to function in the Calgary Corporate Workplace. For more information please refer to the website of the Center for Canadian Language Benchmarks.

The standard for most occupations and considered work ready is a minimum of 7 in all 4 areas; reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Canadian Language Benchmark Scale technically ranges from 1-12, but there have not been any testing tools created that test higher than 10. To successfully participate in post secondary training, a CLB of 7 is required as a standard for many programs. 

Neill Dunning, Host Employer, Geology and Geophysics Manager-Heavy Oil and Gas Business Unit, Husky Energy

"In 2008 Husky Energy had the opportunity to place a geologist graduate from the Corporate Readiness Training Program of Bow Valley College within our business unit at Husky Energy.  We decided to offer him a longer term position.  He is…

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