Employment Training

Information on Training in Alberta

General Training

Training for Unemployed Individuals

Training for Youth

Training for Aboriginal Individuals

Training for Person with Disabilities

Training for Foreign Workers


Information on Training in Alberta

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.

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General Training

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Training for Unemployed Individuals

  • 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.

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Training for Youth

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.

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Work-Related Websites for Youth

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Training for Aboriginal Workers

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Work-Related Websites for Aboriginals

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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.

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Training for Foreign Workers

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

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