New AB program to help cover tuition costs for apprentices pursuing trades

October 24, 2016

Alberta is looking to provide additional support to cover tuition and other postsecondary fees for those pursuing technical training with a new $1.5M grant. Apprentices who have successfully completed their first period of technical training and are registered for technical training at a postsecondary institute are eligible for up to $1K in assistance. The Edmonton Journal writes that the new program is welcome news to many who have been affected by Alberta’s oil downturn. Ken Bird, a member of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, said that “this province needs these apprentices to complete their training. Alberta’s economy will recover and we’ll need to prepare ourselves today for that diversified economy.” Edmonton Journal