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Alberta invests $1.5 million in apprenticeship training

JOC News Service
Alberta invests $1.5 million in apprenticeship training
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA - The government of Alberta is consolidation older initiatives into a new $1.5 million apprenticeship scholarship program. Above, Lord Beaverbrook Grade 12 pipefitting student Quinn Tubrett demonstrates welding to MLA R.J. Sigurdson from the Skilled Trades Task Force, Alberta advanced education minister Demetrios Nicolaides, board chair of Skills Canada-Alberta Ray Massey and CAREERS: The Next Generation board member David LeMay.

EDMONTON, ALTA. – The government of Alberta is consolidating previous high school training programs into the $1.5-million High School Apprenticeship Scholarship to increase the numbers of high school students able to access skilled trades training and education.

The province has put an additional $1 million into the program expansion. Qualified students in either the Registered apprenticeship Program (RAP) or Career and Technology Studies (CTS) apprenticeship programs will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and those who have completed bot a RAP and CTS program will receive the $2,000 Bright Future, High School Apprenticeship Scholarship.

“This investment will allow more young Albertans to access post-secondary education, through apprenticeship learning. We believe that a trades certificate has as much value, merit and worth as a university degree. When looking at post-secondary educational opportunities, I encourage young Albertans to give due consideration to the skilled trades. The trades provide a strong pathway to employment and to high-paying careers,” Alberta minister of advanced education Demetrios Nicolaides said.

The High School Apprenticeship Scholarship will go a long way to recognize excellence and encourage our finest asset, Alberta’s youth, to continue their apprenticeship education and support them in their journey to reach their full potential as the future industry leaders on the world stage,” Skills Canada – Alberta president Ray Massey said.

Over the past four years, an annual average of about 10,000 Alberta high school students in approximately 300 schools across the province participated in RAP and CTS classes. Over the last five years, an average of 344 recipients per year received the RAP/CTS Scholarship.

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