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March 24, 2022

NBCC, CCNB to provide Workplace Essential Skills training

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) and Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) are teaming up to provide Workplace Essential Skills (WES) Training in every corner of New Brunswick, in English or French. The two colleges will design and deliver the training on behalf of the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

WES training, which includes instruction in reading, writing, numeracy, oral communications, critical thinking, and digital literacy, helps adults acquire the skills they’ll need to succeed in the workplace. It is open to adult learners who are seeking employment, are currently employed, and/or are apprentices.

“NBCC is committed to meeting learners wherever they are in life with flexible and relevant skills training opportunities, putting them on the road to stable employment that can withstand workforce disruption,” said Ann Drennan, Vice President Academic and Research at NBCC. “By partnering with CCNB, we’re able to extend our reach to more learners than ever before.”

“Creating opportunities for adult learners to develop the skills needed to succeed in the workplace is a longstanding priority for CCNB.  This training offers a pathway for our learners to gain the essential skills which will provide them easier access to employment. The partnership with NBCC allows us to support New Brunswickers across the province, in both official languages,” said Diane Sénécal, Vice President Training and Student Success at CCNB.

“Our post-secondary institutions have a huge role to play in addressing the workforce challenges we face in New Brunswick,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder. “CCNB and NBCC already do an excellent job of preparing students to enter our workforce and we’re pleased to partner with them to support even more of our potential workforce through the delivery of the WES program.”

Job-seeking adults and employers interested in learning more about accessing training can reach out to one of 19 WorkingNB offices across the province.

About NBCC:

With six campuses across New Brunswick, NBCC contributes to New Brunswick’s social and economic prosperity by supporting the aspirations of individual learners, seizing the opportunities of the labour market, and collaboratively solving the challenges of communities and industry.  In addition to more than 90 certificate and diploma programs, NBCC also provides specialized and customized training to meet the needs of specific sectors and communities.  Find out more information on NBCC programs by visiting:

About CCNB:

CCNB has five campuses located in the francophone regions of New Brunswick. The 84 CCNB programs are grouped into 16 families that meet the labour market needs of New Brunswick. The training programs offered in classrooms, by distance education or online, last from one to three years and lead directly to the labour market. CCNB has three business sectors: CCNB-INNOV is a sector focused on applied research, Continuing Education offers customized training and CCNB-International carries out projects and develops initiatives, agreements and partnerships around the world. For more information, visit 


NBCC: Tanya Greer, Lead, Strategic Communications, 506-440-9105,

CCNB: Bruno Richard, Communication Officer, 506-543-0661,