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Workplace-Essential Skills Expert

A fully accredited TOWES (Test Of Workplace-Essential Skills) distributor, R2 offer a wide range of assessments and courses to ensure that Canadians have the skills needed to function as productive members of the community.

Our experienced instructors know how to make the most of the TOWES learning materials and teaching guidelines, and we take care of everything from the moment candidates are enrolled.

TOWES – Test Of Workplace Essential Skills

TOWES, truly is an essential credential. The only product of its kind in Canada, it offers a suite of assessments that measure the essential skills of reading, numeracy and document use. Apart from tailor-made individual assessments offered on request, these come in two main series: general and sector assessments.

TOWES General Series

TOWES General Series consists of three sets
of assessments, G1, G2 and G3, all of which are
available in both English and French:

TOWES Sector Series

TOWES Sector Series lets the test taker assume the role of a worker, using authentic documents to
complete workplace-specific tasks:


G1 measures essential skills at levels 1 and 2, making this the ideal entry-level assessment for subjects with skill gaps.


G2 is the most widely used version of TOWES, measuring essential skills at levels 2 and 3. It’s an intermediate-level assessment commonly used as a precursor to specialised training or employment.


G3 is a high-level assessment measuring essential skills at levels of 3 and 4, often used for trades or technical positions.

Manufacturing (MFG)

The TOWES Manufacturing (MFG) test, available in English and French, measures skills at levels 2 and 3. Best suited for machine operators, assemblers and other workers in factories or workshops, it involves the use of assembly drawings, schematics, safety manuals and regulations.

Office and Administration (ADM)

TOWES Office and Administration (ADM) test, available in English and French, measures skills at levels 2 and 3. Involving the use of manuals for office equipment, memos and policies, it assesses office workers such as clerks, receptionists and data entry personnel.

Entrance into Apprenticeship (APR)

Measuring skills at levels 2 and 3, the TOWES Entrance into Apprenticeship (APR) test employs measurement and calculation, work permits, schematics and codes to assess pre-apprentices and apprentices in industrial trades. It’s available in English and French.

Aerospace (AER)

TOWES Aerospace (AER), measures skills at levels 2 and 3 within the aviation industry. Developed by the Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Coordinating Committee, it includes job procedures, MSDS and tooling references for workers in general service, maintenance and assembly capacities. It’s available in English only.

Health Care (HCR)

TOWES Health Care (HCR), available in English only, tests skills at levels 2 and 3. Involving the use of blood pressure classifications, test requisition forms and specimen collection manuals, it is best suited for licenced practical nurses, care attendants and medical, dental and laboratory technicians.


Essential Skills Online

Tailored to individuals with skills at levels 1 to 3, Essential Skills Online (ESO) is a web-based curriculum that teaches the reading, document-use and numeracy skills necessary in modern everyday life. It contains a series of instructional movies and 34 activity sets that provide the learner with immediate feedback. Links to numerous external resources also help participants connect with the labour market and familiarize themselves with over 200 frontline occupations.


Building Workplace Essential Skills

Building Workplace Essential Skills (BWES) is a classroom-based curriculum for reading, document use and numeracy in the workplace. It’s an ideal program for new Canadians or for people entering the workforce for the first time, with pre-existing skills at levels 1 to 3. Focussing on themes such as safety and time management, ESO includes a wide range of authentic materials from a variety of frontline occupations.


A Day On The Job

A Day On The Job is designed to supplement skills built through trade-specific training or apprenticeship. It comes in the form of comprehensive activity sets that replicate tasks that a worker typically is required to complete on the job, such as calculating areas and perimeters or using charts and graphs. Assuming pre-existing skills at level 2 or 3, learners can practice these activity sets independently or in a classroom setting. Being entirely customized to one specific trade, this program is currently available for carpenters, electricians, welders and pipefitters.


Skills For Working Learning & Living (SWLL)

Skills For Working Learning & Living  (SWLL) is a series of personal development activities for adult learners. These focus on four areas: personal management, managing transitions, working with others and thinking skills. Over the course of 47 training modules and approximately 60 hours of studies and exercises, SWLL improve the basic workplace and life skills needed for continued learning and success in the job market. It’s best suited to adults entering into formal training or the workforce for the first time, with materials geared toward learners who may be facing significant developmental barriers.


In Focus

Designed as a supplementary classroom resource for instructors delivering basic education, work-readiness training or other transition programs, In Focus is best suited for low-level learners who face special challenges at school, work or in their personal lives. It consists of a range of materials covering topics such as self-awareness, managing commitments, building relationships, accountability, respect, appearance and general manners. These materials can be studied independently or in a classroom setting, and total learning time is 20 to 25 hours.







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