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Alberta supports youth pursuing careers in the trades

Province partners with two long-standing organizations to support opportunities for youth in the skilled trades and technology industries

March 27, 2023  By CFI Staff

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Through Budget 2023, the Government of Alberta is investing a total of $30.4 million over three years in CAREERS: The Next Generation and Skills Canada Alberta, as they empower youth to build rewarding careers in the skilled trades.

“Investing in the proven and complementary programs of CAREERS: The Next Generation and Skills Canada Alberta will help our youth discover engaging, high-demand careers that deliver an excellent quality of life and will keep our economic momentum going strong,” said Minister of Skilled Trades and Professions Kaycee Madu.

The apprenticeship learning model is a valuable form of work-integrated learning and a proven way to increase graduate readiness for the workplace.

Through targeted support for apprenticeship education, Alberta is helping students develop job-ready skills while strengthening the talent pipeline for business and industry.


“We are excited for Alberta’s youth in this year’s budget announcement. Enabling our next generation to discover their career passion and become productive, motivated and innovative participants in the workplace is critically important to Alberta’s economic success,” said Andy Neigel, president and CEO, CAREERS: The Next Generation.

“On behalf of Skills Canada Alberta, I extend a profound thank you to Minister Madu and the Government of Alberta for continuing to support Alberta’s young people in their pursuit of excellence in the trades and technologies. Their success is good for our province. Their success makes Alberta prosperous. This continuation of funding allows us to provide a platform for students who are about to begin their education and career journey with the experience and skill development that only our competitions can provide them,” said Ray Massey, board president, Skills Canada Alberta.


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