Employment Training & Support

EST Program

Employment Services Training (EST) 3-Week Full Time Program

Offered monthly, the three week employment training program is a holistic approach to employment preparation. Visit our page to apply or to learn more.



WoodWorks is a pre-apprenticeship program targeted to homeless youth and those at risk of becoming homeless. Through their time with us, we aim to provide students with the work and life skills necessary to find a career in the cabinetmaking trade. Read more.

Employment Services Staffing

Employment Services Staffing

Through our Casual Labour Program, the Calgary Drop-In connects daily and temporary workers with employers throughout the city in a variety of job placements. Read more.

Graduates Per Year

Different Certifications Available

Certifications Awarded

Essentials such as food, clothing, and shelter are only the beginning. The Calgary Drop-In Centre takes an active role in preparing people for the work place. Whether it is improving computer literacy skills, resume writing workshops, mock interviews, or 17 job ready certifications such as WHMIS, Forklift, or Flag Person training, our employment program is readying people for the work place. This service is not just available to clients accessing our overnight services, but to any Calgarian who wants to better themselves and increase their career opportunities. The Employment Training & Support Program demonstrates the Calgary Drop-In Centre as a community serving agency.

Coming from a strong working background to being on AB Works was a shock to my system. Dealing with other personal issues gave me road blocks and left me feeling completely lost and terrified! I forced myself to come to the interview unsure of what would come of it. I actually cried when I was given good news of being able to start the EST course. I still wasn’t sure I’d be able to follow through with my current stressors but I did it because I felt welcome, valued and accepted (free lunch too!) Thank you!

Misty M.

3 Week Program Graduate