There are plenty of training opportunities in Central Alberta that will help you find the job that you want.
- The Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website is designed as a portal into career planning, education and training programs, postsecondary institutions, job searches, career and labour market information, and much more.
- Service Canada's training and careers web site can be found here.
- Labour Market Information Centres are located throughout Alberta and offer access to career and education planning, life skills training, labour market information, job search techniques, etc. Locations of service centres in central Alberta can be found here.
- The Career Information Hotline offers career consulting and help with work search skills, career planning, educational funding, information about occupations and educational options.
- Licensed training institutions operating in central Alberta include Red Deer College, Olds College, Canadian University College, Maskwachees Cultural College, Prairie Bible College, and the Norquest College campus in Wetaskiwin.
- For training programs and services targeted at employers, please see Support for Training Workers on this web site.
- In Alberta, the provincial government administers training for individuals who are unemployed. Such training through Alberta Employment and Immigration includes the courses "Work Foundations" (for example basic literacy and numeracy, English as a Second Language, and academic upgrading) and "Training for Work" (including classroom and/or workplace training of one year or less).
- Academic Express offers valuable 4 to 6 month programs in Women in the Trades, Math & Science for the Trades, and Community Support Worker which provides the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to work in the human services field. As well, they offer a part time GED (High school equivalency diploma) preparation course that provides the necessary skills to challenge the GED exam.
Training programs for youth often take the form of on-the-job-training like work experience or internships. Some of these programs also offer wage subsidies to employers.
- Skills Link — This program helps youth and others facing barriers to employment develop skills and work experience in order to enter the job market.
- CareerFocus — In this program, employers hire recent postsecondary graduates for 6-12 months.
- Youth Connections — is an employment program for youth.
- Summer Temporary Employment Programs — High school and postsecondary youth aged 16 and up can be subsidized for new, full-time positions lasting from 6 weeks to 4 months
- Summer Work Experience and Summer Career Placements — This program offers career related summer employment to high school and postsecondary youth aged 15–30.
- The Public Service Commission offers a number of programs to recruit employees for work in the public sector. These internships are generally geared at postsecondary students or graduates and can be accessed through the Postsecondary Recruitment Program (PSR).
- Federal Work Experience Program (FSWEP) — This program provides full-time secondary school, college, technical institute or university students with experience working for the federal government. Applications are taken at any time. Applicants must be full time students returning to school after completing the program.
- Accelerated Economist Training Program (AETP) — This program offers Master's degree candidates in Economics, Public Administration, or a related discipline the opportunity to work on a number of social, economic and international policy agendas.
- Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program (FPSYIP) — Nine-month-long internships are offered to unemployed or underemployed youth aged 15–30, to acquire employment skills and work experience.
- Financial Officer/Internal Auditor Recruitment & Development Program (FORD/IARD) — Recent university graduates with degrees in Accounting, Finance, Commerce, Business Administration, or Management Information systems can receive 12 months of training and experience in finance and internal auditing in the Federal Public Service.
- Computers for Schools (TWEP) — This Technical Work Experience Program provides youth 15–30 with 13–26 weeks experience at a Computer for Schools repair centre. Industry Canada offers this program.
- Environmental Youth Corp offers internships within Canada and overseas.
- Science Horizons Program — Offered by Environment Canada.
- Science and Technology Internship Program — Offered by Natural Resources Canada.
- The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) — Offered by National Research Council.
- Young Canada Works — Summer jobs and internships with Parks Canada and Heritage Canada.
- Youth International — The Canadian Department of Foreign affairs offers a number of youth internship programs including overseas exchange, internships, and co-op education programs.
- Building Careers in Heritage — Canadian Heritage internship program.
- The Federal Youth Employment Strategy helps young Canadians obtain career information, develop skills, find good jobs, and stay employed.
- Workopolis — The leading Canadian internet recruitment and career transition site.
- Mazemaster — A career and job exploration site geared to youth aged 14–29.
- Labour Market Information — the federal governments labour market information including which jobs are in demand.
- Red Deer Youth Employment Development Centre — A project of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.
- Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS) — Aboriginal organizations design and deliver employment programs and services within their own communities.
- Aboriginal Student Employment Program — Qualified aboriginal students are employed in scientific, technical or other forestry related fields by the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada.
- First Nations Training to Employment — This program involves the development of partnerships between First Nations people, Alberta Employment and Immigration, and private sector employers.
- Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY) — This program is targeted at youth age 15–30 who are currently unemployed. Projects must be located on a reserve or in an Inuit community.
- Skills Link — This program helps aboriginal youth and others facing barriers to employment develop skills and work experience in order to enter the job market. A variety of programs and services are sponsored by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
- First Nations and Inuit Youth
Employment Strategy — Two programs are offered to First
Nations and Inuit youth living on reserves or in recognized communities.
- First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program — Helps youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for their summer work experiences.
- First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program — Promotes the benefits of education to youth's participation in the labour market.
- First Nations and Inuit Health Careers Program is administered by the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation to encourage aboriginal employment in health.
- Government of Canada's Careers in the federal Public Service.
- Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program encourages aboriginal employment in the Canadian Forces.
- Aboriginal Cadet Development Program — RCMP is administered by the RCMP.
- The Reserve Land and Environment Management Training Program helps train aboriginal workers to manage reserve lands.
- Aboriginal Job Centre is open both to Aboriginal job seekers and all employers who wish to hire Aboriginals.
- The Rupertsland Institute runs a program called Métis Training to Employment that empowers both Métis adults and youth with training and connects them to employers. Métis Employment Centres associated with this program are located throughout Central Alberta.
- LYNX, the Aboriginal Student Career and Employment Program, helps students and recent graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions to connect with employers.
Training for Persons with Disabilities
These training programs are specifically for persons with disabilities, who can also benefit from the other programs listed under General and Pre-employment Training.
- Ability Edge offers 6-, 9- and 12-month-long paid internships to graduates with disabilities to work for Canadian employers.
- Disability Related Employment
Supports (DRES) — This program provides disabled
Albertans with assistance in overcoming barriers to employment. Three types of
support are available:
- Workplace Supports — Support may include a job coach, job mediator, mentor and/or workplace modifications to help clients find or maintain employment
- Job Search Supports — Disability-related goods and services required to implement a job search.
- Educational Supports — Sign language interpreters, tutors etc. required to enable a client to access further training and education.
- Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program — This program is designed to help people who currently receive Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits return to the workforce. Participants can access career counselling, needs and skills assessments, and vocational rehabilitation specialists, all of which are potentially subsidized.
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities — This program is designed to help persons with disabilities develop skills or obtain employment. Employers trying to integrate disabled employees into their business may receive funding to cover wages or employment related costs.
- The Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) assists disabled clients in preparing for a career and in finding employment.
- Skills Link — This program helps disabled youth and others facing barriers to employment develop skills and work experience in order to enter the job market.
Foreign workers can participate in these programs to jumpstart their careers in Canada.
- Skills Link — This program helps immigrant youth and others facing barriers to employment develop skills and work experience in order to enter the job market.
- Work Foundations — Alberta Human Resources and Employment's Work Foundations program offers basic skills training to low income Albertans to improve their employment situation