Employment Services Training

We are here to help you get back to work.

The Employment Services Training (EST) program is funded by the Government of Alberta and intends to provide Calgarians with essential training to gain meaningful employment. Due to COVID-19, EST is now online.

There are a few requirements that you should be aware of. To be accepted to EST, we ask that you:

  • provide proof of low- or no-income (examples: low-income bus pass, recent bank statement, recent tax statement),
  • are legally able to work in Canada,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) to take the program,
  • are between 18 and 65 years of age,
  • are a resident of Calgary, Alberta at the time of application,
  • complete an information interview,
  • pass a knowledge assessment, and
  • share a resume with us.

Upcoming EST Program Schedule

Intake is ongoing. You will be contacted once your application has been submitted and received to schedule an intake & assessment appointment. If you do not get a call or email from us, please contact us at 403-699-8283 or estintake@thedi.ca to schedule an interview.

Course Course Dates: Applications Will Be Accepted Between: You Will Know Your Status By:
P-188 January 4th to January 22nd, 2021 November 28th to December 23rd, 2020 December 29th, 2020
P-189 February 1st to February 19th, 2021 December 28th, 2020 to January 18th, 2021 January 25th, 2021
P-190 March 1st to March 19th, 2021 January 19th to February 16th, 2021 February 22nd, 2021
P-191 April 6th to April 23rd, 2021 February 17th to March 22nd, 2021 March 29th, 2021
P-192 May 3rd to May 21st, 2021 March 23rd to April 19th, 2021 April 26th, 2021
P-193 June 7th to June 25th, 2021 April 20th to May 25th, 2021 May 31st, 2021
P-194 July 5th to July 23rd, 2021 May 26th to June 22nd, 2021 June 28th, 2021
P-195 August 9th to August 27th, 2021 June 23rd to July 26th, 2021 August 3rd, 2021
P-196 September 7th to September 24th, 2021 July 27th to August 23rd, 2021 August 30th, 2021
P-197 October 4th to October 22nd, 2021 August 24th to September 20th, 2021 September 27th, 2021
P-198 November 1st to November 19th, 2021 September 21st to October 18th, 2021 October 25th, 2021
P-199 November 29th to December 17th, 2021 October 19th to November 15th, 2021 November 22nd, 2021


Intake and Assessment Process

  • Intake appointments are 30-45 minutes.
  • Intake appointments allow us to sit down and talk about how the program will meet your needs. It is also an opportunity to discuss other options if you realize the program isn’t the best match for you.
  • We conduct a Literacy Assessment, which is 10 multiple choice questions based on content from the safety certification courses. In order to be successful in the course, you must get a 7/10 on this assessment.
  • During your appointment, you will find out which day you can expect to know your status in the course.