“Apprenticeship education is an important part of our post-secondary system,” says 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 remaining $13 million will be invested to create new apprenticeship learning opportunities across the province, focusing on high-demand sectors.
In order to get a piece of the funding pie, post-secondary institutions will need to present proposals and collaborate with industry in order to identify what skills are currently in demand, and what programs require further development.
President and CEO of NAIT, Laura Jo Gunter, told reporters that this funding will continue to ensure that Alberta workers are always on the cutting edge.
“This targeted investment into apprenticeship education ensures more students will have access to in-demand industry relevant programs,” said Gunter. “It also ensures industry will have access to the skilled workers they need to grow and thrive.”
The provincial government intends to issue a call for proposals in the near future, so funding decisions and program expansions can be developed over the coming months.
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