20 Years Strong

Providing World Class Education and Training


Under the guidance of Marjorie Davison, AWENS was founded by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and was registered under the Societies Act, as a non-profit organization with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

One of the first initiatives was a partnership with the former Volvo workers to help them establish an essential skills program and created the Volvo Worker Readjustment Centre.


AWENS received the Partnership Appreciation Award in recognition of our leadership and contribution to the creation of a lifelong learning culture in Nova Scotia.

An initiative was the development of the Essential Skills and Alzheimer/Dementia Care course.


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


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


AWENS receives funding from Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education to provide mobile computer labs. This enabled the delivery of essential skills computer programs to be delivered across the province.


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


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


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 Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education - Workplace Education Initiative to bring together over 60 instructors to celebrate 30 years of Workplace Education at the 2019 Fall Institute.


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