Education and Career Training

Alberta’s United Conservative Party will implement a series of new measures to help high school students prepare for good-paying jobs in high-demand fields such as tech, manufacturing, construction, energy, and health. These measures will help secure a bright future for young Albertans while moving our economy forward.

Under the UCP, Alberta’s economy is booming. To continue fueling that growth, Alberta needs to ensure skilled workers are available to fill the jobs needed to keep our economy moving forward.

“If Alberta can’t get the skilled workers it needs, and soon, our economic growth will be impacted,” said Adriana LaGrange, UCP candidate for Red Deer-North. “Young Albertans are smart, ambitious, and ready. They want to build a brighter future for themselves and our province. A re-elected UCP government will ensure they have the supports and resources they need to do just that.” 

If re-elected, the UCP will implement key recommendations from the Career Education Task Force. For younger Albertans to build a brighter future for themselves and our province, the UCP will also introduce a number of new measures.

Promoting Career Pathways

  • Partner with various industry and youth organizations to organize career fairs for high school students. The initial focus will be on in-demand sectors such as manufacturing, construction, trades, tech, energy, and health. 
  • Establish a student-friendly online career counselling service for students and parents to learn more about various career opportunities and provide a roadmap for pursuing them.
  • Develop a public communication and awareness campaign to help ensure Albertans recognize all careers as valuable and legitimate and promote career pathways for all Albertans.
  • Develop and fund teacher training opportunities for career and technology studies and career and technology foundations programming.
  • Develop and promote career education scholarships for students.

Expanding Funding for Career and Technology (CTS) and Mobile CTS/ Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) for rural school boards

  • Enhance the Dual Credit Grant Program to make more funding available for school authorities to create new dual credit programming and support existing programming. Funds can also be used to purchase new equipment or upgrade facilities that enhance existing dual credit opportunities. 
  • Provide new funding to support mobile CTS and CTF labs.

Increase Access to Off-Campus Education

  • Develop and fund career education partnerships that provide career education opportunities for all Alberta students.
  • Align the pre-employment program costs for students in Alberta’s K-12 system with those incurred by post-secondary students. 
  • Fund the growth of CAREERS: the Next Generation’s work to collaborate with public and separate school divisions to include student participation in off-campus programs, particularly expanding opportunities to connect youth with paid internships.

“The UCP believes Albertans deserve a world-class education system that sets students up for success by ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in life and work,” concluded LaGrange. “As Alberta’s economy continues to expand and diversify, we will ensure students can contribute and grow right alongside. There’s no surer guarantee of a secure, bright future than being able to do something meaningful you love for work. A re-elected UCP government will continue moving our economy forward to ensure more young Albertans can do just that.”

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