New grant program offers tuition support
There's relief in sight for the skills shortage challenges facing Alberta employers.
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program announced today offers substantial funding support for employers to upgrade the skills of current and new employees, and SAIT is ready to provide training in a number of high-demand sectors.
The CAJG, which runs to March 31, 2020, will see $34 million directed annually from the Government of Canada to Alberta once it's fully implemented.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," says The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development.
"With employers' skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will lead to a guaranteed job. Helping employers train Canadians for jobs that need to be filled will help their business grow and succeed. And that is good news for the Alberta economy."
SAIT programs CAJG aligned
The program will provide up to $10,000 in direct costs — tuition and other mandatory fees, books and supplies - for each trainee, with employers covering a minimum one-third of the cost. Employers can receive a maximum $300,000 grant per year.
"The job grant program is closely aligned to SAIT's real-world, hands-on training and we've identified dozens of SAIT programs that meet the funding criteria," says Rod Miller, Associate Vice President of Corporate Training at SAIT.
"We're also well-positioned to customize training to an employer's specific needs."
Team ready to assist
In anticipation of the announcement, SAIT has put in place a team of specialists dedicated to helping employers with the grant application process.
"SAIT wants to help employers and their staff take advantage of this program," says Miller. "It is important for our economy that people get the training they need to increase productivity, work skills and worker retention."
To qualify, training will be more than 25 hours in length and will be completed within 52 weeks of the approval date. It cannot replace existing training offered by an employer, and it must be delivered by a third-party provider such as SAIT.
Training can be full-time or part-time and can be delivered in the classroom, at the workplace or online.
"The CAJG is a huge incentive for employers to upgrade the skillset of their current workforce, or to attract and retain new employees at significant training cost savings," says Miller. "It offers a solution to resolve skill shortages and maximize an employer's investment in training."
SAIT is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,000 part-time courses (including online and distance) that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as being one of Alberta's Top Employers, the Top Research College in Canada and the Best Alberta Workplace for Training and Development.