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Historic new Chair appointed for apprenticeship system

j’Amey Holroyd has been appointed as the Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, marking the first time in its 71-year-history that a woman has chaired the provincial board. 

Appointment of New AB Apprenticeship & Industry Training Board Chair

Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt and newly appointed AIT board chair j’Amey Holroyd.

The Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board plays a vital leadership role in developing Alberta’s trades professionals to meet the needs of Alberta’s industry and society.

“Ms. Holroyd brings a wealth of experience in her trade and has built a considerable résumé in terms of professional development, mentorship of her peers and developing recruitment initiatives. I’m very pleased to appoint her to this position and know that she will bring an incredible amount of skill and passion to this position.”

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

Ms. Holroyd has more than 17 years of experience in the industrial construction and maintenance industry. She holds a trade certificate with an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal endorsement in the boilermaker trade.  She is an active member of the Boilermakers Union, with a Blue Seal Certificate, and holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership. She is also the Director of Tradewinds to Success Training Society and is the Chair of the Building Trades of Alberta Training Coordinators Group.

“I look forward to working with my fellow distinguished board members and strong industry partners to continue the excellent work Alberta’s apprenticeship and industry training community has done. I’m honoured to be named as Chair of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board and excited to assist in positioning Alberta for great future success. ”

j’Amey Holroyd, Chair, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

Ms. Holroyd’s term will be for three years.

The board advises the Minister of Advanced Education about the needs of the labour market for trades and skilled workers, while also promoting careers in the designated trades and occupations to Albertans. The Board is also responsible for setting standards and requirements for training and certification in trades and occupations programs. 

Ms. Holroyd was appointed after an open and transparent recruitment process to fill the position. Nominal honorarium is paid for time spent on board business and the Chair and members of the board are reimbursed for allowable travel expenses.


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