Construction workers walk up a set of stairs at Union Station during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Alberta creates more apprenticeship opportunities

The Alberta Government is investing $15 million over the next three years to expand apprenticeship opportunities at post-secondary institutions.

According to a press release, the investment will increase hands-on learning and mentorship opportunities for various programs and create additional seats in existing apprenticeship programs.

“Apprenticeship education is an important part of our post-secondary system,” said Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides.

“Making sure students have access to programs, training and resources not only sets them up for success but supports and grows industries and our economy with a world-class workforce.”

The government says $1.37 million will be used to create an additional 300 apprenticeship seats in programs that align with the priority sectors in Alberta’s Recovery Plan. NAIT, SAIT and Portage College will host these additional seats.

A call for proposals from post-secondary institutions will soon be issued so that future funding decisions and program expansions can be made over the coming months.

Christina Gray, NDP Critic for Labour said that while the NDP support the growth of apprenticeships in Alberta, the UCP has consistently made it more difficult for Albertans looking to further their education.

“Unfortunately, at a time when employers are struggling to find qualified individuals to meet their needs, the UCP has made it increasingly difficult for Albertans to advance their education or seek career training through massive overall cuts to post-secondary,” Gray said.

“The misguided approach of the UCP over the past few years is stifling economic potential today.”


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