Apprenticeship numbers remain low in Alberta

August 1, 2012

The number of new apprentices in Alberta plunged 3 years ago and is only starting to climb upward again, a problem with significant implications for an improving economy that brings growing pressure to find skilled labour. In 2011, just 17,371 new apprentices were registered in Alberta, down 27% from 2006, according to the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. Between 2009 and 2011, 49,164 new apprentices were listed, far less than the 69,285 listed during the prior 3 years. Calgary Herald