Overview

Stakeholders involved in skilled trades professions and apprenticeship education will be invited to help inform the development of an effective regulatory framework under the proposed Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act.

Stakeholder input will help identify opportunities to improve skilled trade governance and apprenticeship education programming and processes while giving us a clearer understanding of barriers or challenges that could result from any new regulations or program changes.

Key stakeholders will be invited to provide input on:

  • eligibility criteria, roles and functions of apprenticeship sponsors
  • opportunities to strengthen and improve on-the-job learning for apprentices, including mentorship and competency assessments
  • options for a proposed new appointed board to create flexible regulatory and certification models, beyond compulsory and optional certification
  • implementing new appeal processes and modernized compliance and enforcement activities
  • ways to modernize industry engagement activities that would be conducted by a new board responsible for designated skilled trade professions
     

Timeline

  • Open

    June 2021

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Advanced Education

Get involved

Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholders will be invited to participate in a variety of activities in June 2021, which may include virtual focus groups and online surveys.

Participating stakeholder groups will include:

  • a sample population of registered apprentices, employers of skilled tradespeople and Alberta certified journeypersons
  • approximately 80 organizations including unions affiliated with designated trades, industry associations and community organizations
  • public post-secondary institutions that deliver apprenticeship technical training
  • skilled trades educators
  • trades committees for all designated trades in Alberta

Outcomes

Stakeholder feedback will help inform future regulations, policies and program changes under the proposed Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act introduced on April 13, 2021.

If passed, it would repeal and replace the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act to make the system more flexible, reduce red tape and give Alberta’s workforce new tools to meet emerging challenges.

Contact

Individuals and organizations selected to provide input will be contacted directly. If you are not selected, you can provide feedback on the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act:

Email: [email protected]

Last updated: June 10, 2021