Employment Services Training 3 Weeks

Thank you for your interest in taking the free EST 3-Week Program at the Calgary Drop-In Centre. The Calgary Drop-In Centre is a homeless shelter that provides opportunities for people to rebuild their lives.
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3-Week Program
Monday to Friday



The Calgary Drop-In Centre
1 Dermot Baldwin Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G OP8


Workshops includes

Life Skills, Employment Strategies, Computers, and 6 safety certifications


All workshops are free.
No financial assistance is available through EST.
If you do need financial assistance, please call Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992 to learn about your options.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must self-identify as low income.
  • You must be legally able to work in Canada. You must have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) to take the program.
  • You must be between 16 and 65 years of age.
  • You must be a resident of Calgary, Alberta at time of application.
  • You must complete an information interview.
  • You must pass an English Literacy Assessment.
Please note: Everyone who comes to the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre must register in our biometrics security system. The security desk will record your name, date of birth, a picture of your face, and a scan of your fingers that is turned into a number code. This information is for internal purposes only and will not be release to a third party.

Upcoming 3-Week 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 for some reason 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.

Upcoming Courses for 2017 To be considered for the course, submit application by: 3-Week EST Course runs on weekdays from:
January December 22, 2016 January 5 – January 20
February January 16, 2017 January 30 – February 17
March February 13 February 27 – March 17
April March 20 April 3 – April 21
May April 17 May 1 – May 19
June May 15 May 29 – June 16
July June 20 July 4 – July 21
August July 17 July 31 – August 18
September August 22  September 5 – September 22
October September 18  October 2 – October 20
November October 16  October 30 – November 17
December November 13  November 27 – December 15

Intake and Assessment Process:

  • Appointments are 30-45 minutes.
  • The intake part allows 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.
  • The Literacy Assessment 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 the day you can expect to know your status in the course.