September 17, 2018: Application period opens
September 27, 2018 at 10:30 am MDT: Applicants’ conference call (optional)
November 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm MDT: Application period closes
April 1, 2019: Training commencement of approved programs
Integrated Foundational Pathways (IFP) programs provide adult Albertans with a supportive and interactive learning environment to build on their foundational and academic competencies, while preparing them for further education/training and/or employment.
Call for IFP program applications: program approval process
Training programs are needed to provide adult learners with opportunities throughout Alberta. This program approval process will help government identify and select:
- relevant training programs
- qualified training providers
IFP targets learners who are faced with barriers or seek a different integrated pathway. Programs provide a supportive learning environment and skill development opportunity, so learners can build on their essential competencies. Learners targeted by the IFP program may have:
- a limited range of academic competencies and/or related credentials
- barriers that have previously affected their schooling, learning opportunities, ability to find a job and vocational skill development
- insufficient English language skills to pursue training or employment
- a requirement for essential skills training
At this time, Advanced Education will only be accepting one IFP application per organization.
Programs will be approved for 2 years, effective April 1, 2019.
This approval may be revoked at any time for issues of non-compliance with program policy or due to other non‑compliance issues.
Program approval is a prerequisite for funding; however, it does not guarantee that:
- funds are allocated for the program
- learners will attend the program
Funding for the program is determined by the Minister of Advanced Education’s annual allocation process. This process is separate from the program approval process.
Once the program is approved and funds have been allocated, individuals can apply for income support for learners.
To be eligible for income support as a full-time learner, individuals must meet eligibility and financial eligibility criteria outlined in the:
Training benefits for learners may also be provided for:
- mandatory fees
Training provider requirements
Applicants must have organizational experience in:
- providing training programs (at least 3 years)
- working with the client group served by your proposed program
- setting and achieving targeted outcome measures
- implementing a staffing model with minimum qualifications for instructors for each content area of the program
Eligible training programs will cover these 3 IFP components:
1. Essential skills
This component prepares individuals with the skills needed for learning so they can evolve in their education, jobs and life. Content can include:
- document use
- computer use
- critical thinking/problem solving
- oral communication
- working with others
2. Academic components
Learners build one or more of:
- basic skills – literacy and numeracy skills at the Grade 1-6 levels and adult basic education at the Grade 7-9 levels
- academic upgrading – necessary academic competencies at a Grade 10-12 level, including:
- high school credit courses (per Alberta Education curriculum)
- equivalency courses accepted by post-secondary institutions (per their Alberta Council for Admissions and Transfers (ACAT) agreements)
- English as a Second Language (ESL) – study and practice of the English language to individuals whose first language is other than English and who are unable to communicate fluently or learn effectively in English, so they can become proficient in
- listening in English
3. Applied skills development
Individuals learn and apply theoretical knowledge:
- in practical situations
- in the classroom
- on the job
Learners build experience and increase their ability to perform a task in real circumstances.
This component can also include first period technical training, or courses/training that lead to credit towards a post-secondary program. Safety courses will only be considered if they are a prerequisite for either the classroom or on the job skill development component.
Components 1 and 2 must make up a minimum of 50% of the IFP training program.
How to apply
Step 1. Read the guiding legislation and policy
Before you apply, read and understand training provider roles, responsibilities and legal obligations as they relate to the:
- Income and Employment Supports Act
- Training Provider Regulation for legal obligations of training providers
- Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation to find eligibility and financial criteria for income support as a full-time learner
- IFP policy to confirm your training program meets requirements
Step 2. Download the IFP application form
- IFP application form (PDF, 270 KB)
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- Click on the PDF link to save it on your computer.
- Launch Adobe Reader.
- Open the PDF from within Adobe Reader. You can now fill and save your form.
Step 3. Participate in a Q&A conference call (optional)
An applicants’ conference call took place on September 27, 2018. The conference call gave applicants an opportunity to:
- ask questions about the application or process
- clarify information needed on the application to reduce the chance of misinterpretation
The applicants’ conference call questions and answers (PDF, 135 KB) are an addendum to the IFP Program Application Guidelines and are to be considered as part of the guidelines.
No further questions will be answered after the conference call.
Step 4. Complete the application package
Only complete applications will be reviewed. All questions asked on the application form (provided in step 2) must be addressed.
Please read the guidelines and application carefully to confirm your program meets requirements and you have provided all necessary information.
Completed applications should not exceed 25 pages.
Step 5. Submit the application package
- submit your completed application documents in one email to AE.FoundationalLearning@gov.ab.ca
- title the subject line of your email with the name of your organization: Integrated Foundational Pathways Program Approval Submission
- review your application before you send it to make sure all sections of the IFP program application are completed
- an acknowledgement email will be sent to you upon receipt (email us if you do not receive an email)
After you apply
1. Application review
Applications will be evaluated based on how effectively they address:
- program need
- program design and outcomes
- training provider experience and qualification
- budget and cost effectiveness
2. Internal review
The review committee will make recommendations on which applications will be approved and considered for next steps. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the internal review.
To connect with the Foundational Learning Supports Sector about the Integrated Foundational Pathway program approval process: