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Alberta puts $15 million towards apprenticeship education

DCN-JOC News Services
Alberta puts $15 million towards apprenticeship education

EDMONTON – The Government of Alberta is investing $15 million over three years to expand apprenticeship education at post-secondary institutions across the province.

The funding will “increase hands-on learning and mentorship opportunities for various programs and create additional seats in existing apprenticeship programs,” a release stated.

Approximately $1.37 million of the funds will go to 300 seats at three institutions. The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will receive $764,396 to facilitate new seats in pipe trades, electricians and power line technicians; the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will receive $187,810 for new seats for autobody technicians and automotive service technicians; and Portage College will get $421,000 for new seats for steamfitting/pipefitting and pre-employment training for heavy equipment mechanics.

“Skilled tradespeople are integral to our province, our economy and our communities. This funding will allow more training opportunities provincewide, which in turn will produce more job-ready, skilled tradespeople who will contribute to the communities of Alberta and beyond,” NAIT school of skilled trades dean Matt Lindberg said in a statement.

A call for proposals from post-secondary institutions will soon be issued so that future funding decisions and program expansions can be made over the coming months, the release stated.

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