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Provincial government helps unemployed apprentices

By Admin User on March 16, 2017

The government of Alberta announced Monday that it will be investing an additional $1 million into the Apprentice Training Award–an award designed to help unemployed apprentices upgrade their schooling.

Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt made the announcement at NAIT’s heavy equipment training building.

“In a tough economy, the Apprentice Training Award is making life more affordable for everyday Albertans who want to resume technical training while they are on the path back to work,” Schmidt said Monday

“This program allows Alberta’s apprentices to continue their training so they can get good jobs as Alberta’s economy grows and diversifies.”

The province invested $1.5 million into the program last year, which saw 1,500 applicants receive financial assistance. Due to increased demand, the government added the additional $1 million funding this month.

Alvin Garfi, a recipient of the award reminisced on how the award helped him through tough times.

“When I was laid off, I was very worried about whether I could continue in my trade but this financial assistance will make a difference for me, as soon I will begin to look for employment as a certified Journeyperson.”

In order to eligible for the award, apprentices must be out of work for 30 days.



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