Alberta plans to modernize apprenticeship training
The Government of Alberta has tabled legislation that, if passed, will update apprenticeship education and skilled trades governance in the province.
The Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act (Bill 67) would replace the 1991 Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act, which the government says no longer meets the needs of industry or apprentices. The changes would allow apprenticeship training to expand to other high-demand professions, while modernizing the legal framework for apprenticeship education and regulated trade occupations.
“This new act serves as a fresh start for skilled trades and apprenticeship education in our province,” says Demetrios Nicolaides, Alberta’s minister of advanced education. “It lays the foundation for a flexible system, allowing us to respond to needs and trends among our workforce, and will promote the equal value of apprenticeship education with other forms of post-secondary education.”
Registered apprenticeships in Alberta have fallen more than 35 per cent over the past six years. There were 7,820 new apprentices registered in the province last year, compared to 11,627 new apprentices in 2019.
For more information on changes under the Act, visit: alberta.ca