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Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs

A comprehensive, system-wide review of Alberta’s post-secondary system to develop an innovative new strategy for the future. Surveys open until Nov. 13, 2020.

Overview

The Alberta 2030 initiative will transform the adult learning system to focus on providing the high quality education, skills and training needed to get Albertans back to work, meet current and future labour market demands, and drive innovation to make Alberta competitive in a 21st century global economy.

We will collaborate with employers, industry, students, post-secondary institutions and other stakeholders throughout 2020 to develop a strategy that:

  • ensures students have skills and education to solve emerging problems and adapt to changing demands and opportunities
  • increases access to post-secondary education and encourages a wider range of potential learners to participate
  • increases the level of collaboration between institutions, giving students more options to transfer credit
  • strengthens relationships between employers and post-secondary institutions to help guide educational programming and work placement opportunities
  • improves governance and financial sustainability for the system
  • empowers institutions to become more entrepreneurial and seek new sources of revenue

Status

Engagement is underway.

Who is listening

Ministry of Advanced Education

Stakeholder engagement journey

  • Issues analyses & summary paper

    Ground perspectives across 6 objectives (and starting point) and provide basis for discussion and input from stakeholders.

    Mid-August
  • Strategic design choices

    Frame key decisions around post-secondary system archetypes which inform overall Alberta 2030 strategy.

    End of September
  • Strategy, outcomes framework & roadmap

    Present first integrated view of Alberta 2030.

    December
  • Alberta 2030 Strategy

    Present final strategy, business case, governance framework and execution roadmap.

    January

Get involved

We'd like to hear your perspective on the province's post-secondary system to help inform the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy.

Opportunities to get involved will be posted here when available.

How we're engaging

Stakeholder engagement will consist of:

  • 140+ interviews to gather initial hypotheses, perspectives and concerns (August to September)
  • 25+ roundtables to review and react to issues analyses; discuss and debate options and provide input (August to November)
  • Public, student and employer surveys (September to November)
  • 6 to 8 townhalls to playback input and perspectives, share strategic themes and options, provide facts and benchmarks and invite new input (early December)
  • 1 summit to frame the Alberta 2030 declaration (January)

Overview of stakeholder engagement activities (PDF, 531 KB)

Outcomes

The review will:

  • produce a final report, to be submitted in late 2020, that assesses:
    • global models and trends in post-secondary education
    • Alberta’s existing post-secondary model and governance
    • individual institutions
  • develop an implementation roadmap by early 2021

Alberta 2030 guiding coalition

A guiding coalition has been established to oversee the Alberta 2030 initiative and help ensure the process remains focused on key priorities.

Membership includes:

  • Jonathan Bilodeau, executive director, Alberta Students’ Executive Council
  • Dr. Ian Brodie, professor of political science, University of Calgary
  • Dave Collyer, chair, Bow Valley College Board of Governors
  • Sir John Daniel, chancellor, Acsenda School of Management (Vancouver)
  • Ken Heather, vice president external, Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculties Association
  • Whitney Issik, MLA for Calgary-Glenmore
  • Kevin Kane, president, Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations
  • Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates
  • Adam Legge, president, Business Council of Alberta
  • Rowan Ley, chair, Council of Alberta University Students
  • Ruby Littlechild, Indigenous and community engagement, SNC-Lavalin
  • Omer Moghrabi, Mayor, Lac La Biche County
  • Mary Moran, president and CEO, Calgary Economic Development
  • Dr. Robert W. Murray, president and CEO, Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Terry O’Flynn, president, Prism Flow Products and chair, Alberta Enterprise Group
  • Dr. Tim Rahilly, president and vice-chancellor, Mount Royal University
  • Dr. Val Walker, CEO, Business + Higher Education Roundtable

Message from the minister

News

Last updated: November 16, 2020