Workforce Partnerships

Assists employer groups, organizations, industry sectors and municipalities who have common labour market needs.

Services and information

Overview

Workforce Partnerships ensures working Albertans continue to enhance their skills to contribute to Alberta’s economic growth or respond to skills shortages through industry and community partnerships.

Labour Market Partnerships (LMP)

This program supports workplace human resource development and labour market adjustment strategies through community partnerships.

It is designed to develop and support projects with groups, organizations, industry sectors and communities with common labour market needs.

Examples of LMP program activities

  • Research and analysis of labour market trends.
  • Developing strategic plans to prepare for future skill requirements and/or prevent skills shortages.
  • Promoting current labour market needs or heightening awareness of labour market issues such as skills shortages.
  • Sharing best practices in human resource development and career/employment training.

LMP project requirements

LMP projects must:

  • be submitted to Alberta Labour in the form of a written proposal
  • support activities which address a labour market need
  • include a minimum of three partners that are prepared to contribute to the project
  • be finite, project-specific objectives and include outcomes that can be achieved within the confines of the grant and not rely on future funding

LMP projects must not:

  • create a long-term funding dependency
  • have Alberta Labour as the primary recipient of goods and services
  • duplicate information or education products already available in the community
  • include direct service delivery to individual clients
  • market or direct clients to provincial or federal programs
  • address union-management collective bargaining issues
  • assist employers, associations, training institutions and communities to develop their infrastructure and/or to cover day-to-day operational costs
  • support an educational institution in determining its training needs or developing its curriculum
  • assist business and industry in research related to new products or product development
  • provide funding to cover employee training costs

More information on the LMP program and what types of projects will be considered, can be found in the LMP program policy.

Project proposal requirements

A written proposal from interested parties must be submitted to Alberta Labour for all LMP projects.

Where possible, proposals should clearly outline the following information:

  • project objective
  • scope/purpose of the project
  • duration of the project
  • proposed deliverables (i.e. what activities/services will be implemented with the proposed funds from Alberta Labour)
  • proposed outcome(s) along with how they will be evaluated and reported
  • total cost of the project including the requested contribution from Alberta Labour
  • a list of all partners involved with the project
  • a breakdown of the contributions from each partner (financial and in-kind)
  • detailed information on how the project will sustain and not be reliant on future grants for success
  • a communications plan detailing how the information will be shared with the community or industry sector
  • risk management strategies
  • ability to carry out the project
  • any relevant documentation that supports the need for the project

Submit a project proposal

To submit a proposal or get more information on developing a proposal, please reach out to one of the contacts below.

Regional proposals

Contact a Workforce Consultant in your region.

Industry/sector/province-wide proposals

Email an Industry Workforce Partnership Officer at iwp@gov.ab.ca.

Indigenous proposals

For more information on how to apply for Indigenous LMPs, contact an Indigenous Partnership Coordinator directly at ipc@gov.ab.ca.

Priorities for LMP program

2018 – 2019

Priority 1: Support Equity and Under-Represented Groups

Support initiatives that:

  • Help more Indigenous people participate in the workforce, in partnership with Indigenous communities and stakeholders.
  • Build capacity to hire and advance women, Indigenous peoples, youth and newcomers.
  • Enhance workforce participation of underrepresented groups in Alberta’s communities, based on industry, community and regional labour market needs.

Priority 2: Technology and Sector Growth

Support initiatives that:

  • Address the impacts of rapid technological change on Alberta’s workforce and prepare Albertans for the jobs of tomorrow.
  • Support the Climate Leadership Plan by preparing Albertans for jobs in a diversified, low carbon economy.
  • Work with other Alberta government ministries to encourage workforce development.

Priority 3: Skills Gaps

  • Support workforce adjustment initiatives which assist Albertans to gain the skills needed to transition from declining industries (i.e. coal) into emerging sectors (i.e. renewables).
  • Identify emerging occupations, workforce trends and training gaps through the development of labour market information studies and research.
  • Support industry sectors that are interested in competency-based approaches to develop projects leading to increased use of competencies to describe requirements and recruit staff.

Priority 4: Support Industry, Employer, Union and Community needs

  • Support labour market initiatives identified by industry, employers, unions and communities that encourage increased participation in the workforce on a case-by-case basis.