Alberta has the youngest and fastest growing demographic in Canada. For Alberta to continue to succeed, young Albertans need to take advantage of opportunities in the future. That means infrastructure and resources need to be in place to educate and train Alberta's future workforce.
Even with the significant economic challenges facing the province, Alberta's student population continues to grow. We continue to build and modernize schools in communities where they're needed most. We're also providing school authorities with stable funding and funding for enrolment growth.
Albertans place high value on training and post-secondary training. By leveraging federal investments through the federal Strategic Investment Fund, there are more than 50 new capital projects to improve facillities for research and innovation, and to enhance facilities for specialized training at colleges focused on industry needs.
Training for work
Workplace skills and training programs provide unemployed, marginally-employed, newcomers, Indigenous people and women with skills and training opportunities to help them secure and maintain employment. These Training for Work programs are available in 61 communities and First Nations reserves across Alberta.
An additional $10 million has been allocated to expand training programs to assist recently unemployed Albertans impacted by the economic downturn.
Apprenticeship and training
$25 million has been allocated over 2 years to support apprenticeship and training in Alberta. This includes:
- $15 million program to support apprenticeship-focused training opportunities
- $10 million to provide workforce training opportunities
Apprentice Training Award
The new Apprentice Training Award provides financial support to apprentices who have completed their first period of technical training and who are not currently working in their trade.
Eligible apprentices will receive $1,000 to help reduce financial barriers as they progress towards their journeyperson certificate.
Summer Temporary Employment Program
The restored Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) helps students gain work experience and build transferrable skills in the labour market. STEP will provide wage subsidies to eligible employers who hire students for work placements from May to August.
$10 million will be allocated for STEP each year to support 3,000 summer jobs. Approximately 2,700 students and 1,200 employers were supported in 2016.
Canada-Alberta Job Grant
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is jointly funded by the federal government and employers. This grant allows employers to train current and potential employees to fill job vacancies. Employers choose the participants and what type of training is needed. To date, more than 15,000 participants have been approved for training.
Employment and career planning
Employment and career planning resources are also available for Albertans.
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) is an online career resource where Albertans can access services and information about employment and career planning including:
- tips on writing resumes
- job interview skills
- job search resources
- links to job postings
MyWorkQuest is a youth employment portal that connects young people to helpful services and information for careers and employment planning.