March 9, 2023
More apprenticeship spaces for Alberta students
Through Budget 2023, Alberta’s government is providing a funding boost of $15 million over three years to the Apprenticeship Learning Grants. With this increase, total funding for the grants will be $42 million in 2023-24.
The Apprenticeship Learning Grants are important for post-secondary institutions in Alberta that deliver classroom instruction to complement on-the-job training. New seats will be allocated to post-secondary institutions based on student demand and workforce data for in-demand skilled trades.
“This investment will help post-secondary institutions across Alberta create new spaces for students to build rewarding careers in the skilled trades. Strengthening our skilled labour force ensures that Alberta can respond to the needs of industry and the opportunities of our booming economy.”
Kaycee Madu, Minister of Skilled Trades and Professions
“Apprenticeship education is an important part of our
post-secondary system. Making sure students have access to programs, training and resources not only sets them up for success but supports and grows industries and our economy with a world-class workforce.”
Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education
Alberta continues to diversify and grow, and as more people retire, the province is seeing an increased demand for skilled workers and apprenticeship learning opportunities. Student registration in Alberta’s apprenticeship programs increased to more than 15,600 in 2022 from 7,820 in 2020.
Each new seat created through this funding means more opportunities to connect students to
well-paying jobs while securing the talent Alberta needs to ensure the province remains competitive in a global economy.
“There is a growing need for skilled trade workers across Alberta. This announcement will provide support for new apprenticeships that will build Alberta’s economy.”Laura Jo Gunter, president and CEO, NAIT
“Investment in post-secondary education is a key driver of Alberta’s economic prosperity. The expansion of apprenticeship seats ensures Red Deer Polytechnic can address the increased demand for skilled labour and trades training as Alberta industry and business continue to grow and prosper.”Stuart Cullum, president, Red Deer Polytechnic
“Alberta’s rebounding with opportunities for people in the skilled trades. I welcome this increase for post-secondary’s to host classroom training for registered apprentices. For them, and especially for women in the trades, this financial support will change lives and keep Alberta growing.”Carol Moen, president and CEO, Women Building Futures
“Every new apprentice seat funded by this announcement supports a young Alberta family, builds community and strengthens the Alberta economy.”Trevor Doucette, chair, Alberta Construction Association