Building a Skilled Workforce: The Power of Apprenticeship Programs

As Alberta’s economy continues to evolve, it’s essential to address the skills gap within our workforce to remain competitive. One of the most effective ways to build a skilled workforce is through apprenticeship programs. These programs provide individuals with on-the-job training and classroom instruction in various trades, offering an excellent opportunity for employers to tailor a skilled workforce to their needs.

There are over 50 designated trades and occupations available to pursue through apprenticeship programs in Alberta. These programs support traditional trades like electricians, plumbers, and carpenters as well as emerging occupations like web designers and computer network technicians.

Employers that invest in apprenticeship programs can reap a variety of benefits, including:

attracting and retaining skilled workers,reducing training costs, andimproving productivity.

By participating in apprenticeship programs, employers can help address the growing demand for skilled workers in Alberta while contributing to overall economic development. Their participation also offers individuals the opportunity to earn while they learn, providing a pathway to a rewarding career in a skilled trade. Take advantage of these programs and help build a skilled workforce in Alberta.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Pembina Supports Career Accelerator

Pembina Pipeline Corporation is committed to diversity, equal opportunity, and ensuring a safe and inclusive workplace. In collaboration with Inter Pipeline, they have partnered with Women Building Futures (WBF) to offer the Power Engineer Career Accelerator program for women in Alberta’s Heartland.

The partnership allows WBF to deliver a training program that will provide a career pathway for women that is supported through mentorship, training, co-op’s, paid summer placements, and potential full-time employment upon successful completion of a 4th Class and 3rd Class Power Engineering Certificate.

“Our $225,000 commitment with Women Building Futures removes barriers and supports women to enter an in-demand career in industry,” says Andy Schwerha, General Manager, Operations at Pembina. “The goal is to increase women’s earning potential and create economic resiliency for them, their families and communities.”

The partnership with WBF is another example of how Pembina is helping to create career opportunities for women and reach a target of women representing 35 percent of its overall workforce by 2025.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Pembina and Inter Pipeline to help increase women’s participation in power engineering,” says Jess Thomson, Director Stakeholder & Government Relations with WBF. “We know these careers provide life-changing economic security for women in our communities. We look forward to delivering an exciting program with great opportunity for employment.”

To learn more about the program, visit: womenbuildingfutures.ca/programs/power-engineer-career-accelerator.

Apprenticeship Resources

The links below offer a range of resources for individuals and employers interested in apprenticeship programs in Alberta, including information on available trades, application processes, funding and scholarships, and more.

Government of Alberta – Apprenticeship and Industry Training:

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