The Construction New Talent Program offered by ECA and ACA supports work integrated learning placements of Alberta post secondary students in engineering, business, IT, etc. with Alberta’s design and construction industry. More than 60 employers have received over $1 million to support 200 students.
The Trade Pathways Program pilot for the greater Edmonton region so far has exceeded targets and placed 63 work experience candidates with 11 employers, with 20 permanent hires and 7 confirmed entering apprenticeship. ACA has secured additional funding to extend Trade Pathways to 2026.
Digital skills will increasingly be important on construction jobsites and to entice young people to consider a career in construction. ACA has secured funding to develop curricula for a digital tradesperson credential. The research phase of this work will commence summer 2023 under the direction of an industry steering committee.