Job grant helps employers get better trained workers
Employers are seeing the benefits of the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) that is helping businesses gain and retain workers with the right skills.
Launched in October 2014, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant responds to Alberta’s labour challenges by helping employers build a skilled workforce to meet current and future needs. The program is delivered by the Government of Alberta with joint funding from the Government of Canada and employers.
"Investing in training and continuous learning leads to more career opportunities and greater chances at career advancement. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is one way we are supporting employers to make training decisions that are best for their business."
“At Southland Trailers our employees are our most valued asset. In turn, we believe in investing in them. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is one of the many resources that we have utilized to train and invest in our employees which as a result, has contributed to our business growth.”
As of June 2016, more than $29 million has been approved for training. More than 5,700 applications have been approved for more than 2,400 unique employers in Alberta.
More than 11,000 training courses have been approved for a variety of training programs such as project management, risk management, health and safety courses, leadership skills and driver training.
The program lets employers decide who gets trained and what type of training their current or prospective employee should receive. For employers who are training potential workers, it’s expected the individual will be hired upon completion of training.
The CAJG is flexible enough to meet the needs of all business sizes, in all industries and regions of Alberta. Employers are expected to cover one-third of training costs, while government contributes two-thirds to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee.
At a minimum, approximately $17.5 million is allocated for CAJG funding in 2016-17. Application forms are available online at AlbertaCanada.com/jobgrant.