From the Minister

November 19, 2020 | Red tape reduction

Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides provides an update on Red Tape Reduction efforts.

August 07, 2020 | Post-secondary

Advanced Education minister Demetrios Nicolaides provides an update on Alberta’s post-secondary system review.

Accomplishments

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Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs is a bold new initiative to transform Alberta’s post-secondary system and get Albertans back to work.

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The Skills for Jobs Task Force will find new ways to expand and strengthen apprenticeship and trades education because a skilled workforce is central to Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is restoring learning spaces and creating jobs, by investing $98 million in 12 capital projects at 10 post-secondary institutions across the province.

As part of our Skills for Jobs Agenda, the Alberta Trades Hall of Fame recognizes and honours Albertans who’ve made a lasting mark on apprenticeship and the skilled trades.

The Alex Decoteau Award of Honour recognizes the sacrifice of our brave Canadian Armed Forces members and their families and supports their post-secondary pursuits.

A new research working group will examine research funding and engage with the federal government to get a fair deal for Alberta’s researchers.

Key information

  • Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs
    • Alberta 2030 is a bold new initiative to transform Alberta’s post-secondary system and get Albertans back to work.
    • This long-term plan for the future will ensure our students succeed and society prospers. We are looking for innovative solutions to develop globally competitive graduates, reduce duplication, strengthen commercialization of research, and ensure Alberta can compete in the 21st century global economy.
    • Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs is central to Alberta’s Recovery Plan. By working together we can build a stronger system and give Albertans the skills, knowledge and competencies they need in a modern and diverse economy.
  • Enhancing apprenticeship and skilled jobs training
  • Alberta student aid
    • Through Alberta Student Aid, Advanced Education provides a variety of funding to support Albertans as they pursue their educational and career goals. In 2020-21, Alberta will provide an estimated $701 million in student loans and invest more than $150 million in scholarships, awards and grants, helping more than 100,000 students access post-secondary education.
    • Student loans reduce financial barriers help post-secondary students meet basic learning and living costs.
    • Grants are available to improve affordability for low-income Alberta student loan borrowers.
    • Scholarships reward students for their academic achievements, while awards incent participation in post-secondary learning, and acknowledge non-academic achievements such as leadership and community engagement.
  • Reducing red tape
    • Reducing unnecessary red tape means post-secondary institutions can save time and money, so they can focus on what’s most important: their students.
    • Advanced Education is committed to reducing red tape by one-third through the ongoing review of programs and services, ensuring the best possible outcomes for Albertans.
    • To date, we have reduced unnecessary regulatory burdens by more than 7%, by consolidating processes, reducing approval time, eliminating duplication and reducing reporting requirements.
    • Reducing red tape is an ongoing commitment and it’s important for the entire post-secondary community to participate. Our institutions are looking for ways to maximize efficiency and reduce red tape on campuses. We continue to work with students and post-secondary leaders to improve processes and remove barriers to learning.

In focus

Funding boost for unemployed apprentices

The increased Apprenticeship Training Award supports unemployed apprentices, so they can continue their training and build their careers.

Revitalizing post-secondary campuses

Universities, colleges and polytechnics received an extra $98 million to restore learning spaces and create more than 533 jobs.

Alberta trims training for barbers

A new barber certification path enables apprentices to cut their training time in half, so they can build their careers sooner.

Cutting red tape for student loan applicants

A new fully electronic student loan process makes it easier for students to apply, speeds up approval and saves tax dollars.

Biography

Minister Nicolaides was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Bow.

Nicolaides is a born and raised Calgarian and long-time resident of Calgary-Bow. He lives in Cougar Ridge with his wife and two daughters, and volunteers extensively in his community.

An expert in conflict resolution, he has extensive training in arbitration, is an accredited mediator and has a PhD in the field. Nicolaides was active in peacebuilding and reconciliation activities in Cyprus and has consulted in high-stakes arbitrations and regulatory hearings in Alberta, B.C. & Manitoba. Prior to his election, he served as the head of the Calgary office for a national communication-consulting firm. In this role, he worked with senior business leaders across Canada, and Alberta, working closely with key players in our energy sector.

Demetrios Nicolaides was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education on April 30, 2019. He will bring his experience as an author, university lecturer, mediator and communications expert to his ministry, and work hard to keep Alberta’s universities world-class, while expanding trades colleges and new innovative methods for continuing learning.