English for the Workplace Program

Are you a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 6 or higher student?

The English for the Workplace Program helps improve newcomer adults' English skills to prepare for their high school diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma), workplace, and/or post-secondary education.

Students will build their English skills through a number of topics including english skills, business writing and communication, customer service, job search, resume writing, interview skills, managing information, and more.

The program will help you to:

  • Build your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • Further develop the skills that are essential to success in the Canadian workplace - reading text, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking skills, computer use and continuous learning;
  • Earn credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • Get guidance support for successful transition to OSSD, work and/or post-secondary education.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older;
  • Completed an English language assessment at CLB Level 6 or higher in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing or;
  • Completed a LINC or ESL course at CLB Level 6 or higher in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Program Details

Location: Continuing Education, Ajax Campus, 458 Fairall St., Unit 7

Students will begin by taking the OLC3O - Ontario Literacy Course.  After completion of the course, the teacher will provide each student with a recommendation for their next course, which may include continuation in OLC3O.  

Semester 1: September 9 - November 9 

11:00 am - 1:30 pm       Ontario Literacy Course (OLC3O)
*Please visit the Adult Day Credit - Return to Learning page for more information on the Semester 1 schedule.

Semester 2: November 10 - January 22  

9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Thursday)       Ontario Literacy Course (OLC3O)               
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Friday)            Canadian Culture: The Newcomer Experience (CHE3O)
*Students will attend campus on their in-class day.  Students will work online for the rest of the week and may schedule  extra time during the week to meet with their teacher.

Semester 3: January 25 - April 6 (Monday - Friday)

8:30 am - 11:00 am        Information and Communication Technology (Computer Skills) (BTA3O)
11:00 am - 1:30 pm        English for the Workplace (ENG3E/4E)

Semester 4: April 7 - June 8 (Monday - Friday)
8:30 am - 11:00 am        English for the Workplace (ENG3E/4E)
11:00 am - 1:30 pm        English Communication for Business (EBT4O)

Semester 5: June 9 - June 24 (Monday - Friday)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm          Information and Communication Technology (Computer Skills) (BTX4C/4E) or
8:30 am - 4:30 pm          Navigating the Workplace (Job Search Strategies) (GLN4O) or
8:30 am - 4:30 pm          Ontario Literacy Course (OLC4O)


You must provide the following information:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of legal status in Canada (i.e. Permanent Resident Card, Conventional Refugee form)
  • Proof of CLB Level 6

Click here to access the Semester 2 Adult Day School Course Selection and Registration form.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition is a formal evaluation and credit granting process that allows mature students to obtain credits for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma for knowledge and skills learned outside school.

You can earn credits for learning and skills you have acquired at school, at home, at work, in training programs and volunteer work.  This applies to schooling, work and experiences you have from outside Canada.

Students in the English for the Workplace Program can speak to a guidance counsellor to discuss eligibility for PLAR.  Visit our PLAR page for more information by clicking here.

Continuing Education reserves the right to revise or modify programming due to Covid-19 measures.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Ellsworth, Program Leader at andrea.ellsworth@dcdsb.ca