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Alberta expands skills training

September 16, 2022

Photo credit: Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta has created the Premier’s Council on Skills to strengthen post-secondary programming in line with current and future industry demand.
The council will be composed of 11 industry stakeholders working through the Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides.
“Our government is obsessed with attracting new investment to fuel our economy’s diversification. We need skilled workers to fill the high-wage jobs that are being created in record numbers in Alberta,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in a statement.
The 11 members of the council include Dennis Perrin, Alberta and Prairies director, Christian Labour Association of Canada as council chair; Ken Gibson, executive director, Alberta Construction Association; and, Terry Parker, executive director, Building Trades Alberta.
“I am honoured to be a member of the Premier’s Council on Skills. The important work done by this body will help ensure the fulfilment of current and future skill needs in our province while providing high-paying employment opportunities to Albertans. The council is a bold and wise move by the government that will help align the skills required for our economy with the educational structures necessary to achieve them,” Perrin added.
Creation of the council was a recommendation of the Skills for Jobs Task Force. It will act as a key liaison between industry and government on skills development, and will provide critical industry input to inform government policies, according to the government release.


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