The province is looking to encourage unemployed apprentices to continue their training as part of the province’s Future Ready vision.
Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt says the ‘Apprentice Training Award’ will provide $1,000 to unemployed apprentices to offset the cost of pursuing technical training — like tuition and other fees.
“We estimate that up to 1500 unemployed apprentices will be supported during the 2016-17 academic year, making the total government investment $1.5 million this year.”
To be eligible apprentices must not be working in their trade, must have successfully completed their first period technical training, and must be registered for further technical training.
Dustin Rurka, who lost his job in the downturn, says it will mean he can go back to school.
“It’s kind of like a God send I guess. Finally a little bit of help coming our way when we need it the most, type thing.”
Schmidt says the award will help keep apprentices in Alberta to support its economic recovery and diversification efforts.
He says in the coming weeks, Albertans will see more announcements under the Future Ready banner. (td)