EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Alberta government announced Skills Canada Alberta funding will be increased to $8 million over the next four years by putting an additional $2 million into program, moving annual investment up $50,000 from $1.5 million to $2 million a year.
The new funding will “help expand exposure to trades and technology at junior high and high schools and enable more high school and post-secondary students to compete at regional, provincial and national skilled trades competitions with Skills Canada Alberta,” a government release stated.
“Alberta’s high number of talented apprentices is a result of the strong links between industry, government and education stakeholders. We greatly appreciate this government’s support of Skills Canada Alberta as we work to promote respected careers in the trades and technologies, and ensure apprentices have the skills they need to succeed. Their success is good for Alberta,” Skills Canada Alberta president Ray Massey said.
“Skills Canada Alberta gives students the opportunity to learn practical skills, explore their interests and learn from industry professionals. Participating in the competitions provides valuable hands-on experience in a specific trade or profession and opens their minds to so many career opportunities. This helps prepare future generations for the workforce and gives them the job-ready skills to ensure employability after high school and success in our economy,” Alberta minister of education Adriana LaGrange said.
The Alberta government has also provided Skills Canada Alberta with $200,000 to participate in the 2019 WorldSkills international competition in Kazan, Russia in August. Four Albertans will join Team Canada and compete against more than 1,300 apprentices from all over the world.
Other apprenticeship funding announced by the Alberta government include tripling the amount of scholarship funding through the new $1.5-million High School Apprenticeship Scholarship, providing $10 million over the next four years to Women Building Futures and increasing funding to CAREERS: The Next Generation, to more than $6 million a year by 2022-23.