Alberta adds training grants for 1000 more apprentices

Renée Francoeur
March 06, 2017
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March 6, 2017 - The Government of Alberta says it is helping an additional 1000 apprentices continue their technical training through the Apprentice Training Award.

Last fall, the province invested $1.5 million in the Apprentice Training Award to assist 1500 unemployed apprentices. The award provides $1000 to help reduce financial barriers for apprentices returning to their technical training. Due to increased demand, the government is providing financial assistance for up to 1000 more apprentices by March 31.

“In a tough economy, the Apprentice Training Award is making life more affordable for everyday Albertans who want to resume technical training while they are on the path back to work. This program allows Alberta’s apprentices to continue their training so they can get good jobs as Alberta’s economy grows and diversifies,” said Marlin Schmidt, minister of Advanced Education.

“The Apprentice Training Award is helping me finish my training and if successful, I will leave NAIT this spring as a fully certified off-road heavy duty equipment mechanic,” said Alvin Garfin, NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) apprenticeship student. “When I was laid off, I was very worried about whether I could continue in my trade but this financial assistance will make a difference for me, as soon I will begin to look for employment as a certified Journeyperson.”

To receive the award, eligible apprentices must not be working in their trade for at least 30 consecutive days prior to the start of technical training. Eligible apprentices must also be registered for second, third or fourth period technical training at a post-secondary institution or other training organization. Eligible apprentices are identified by government but must provide their consent to apply through their MyTradeSecrets account.

Alberta says it is providing an additional $1 million to meet the increased demand, using existing dollars.

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