Job grant to relieve skills shortage

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by JOC Digital Media

Alberta employers facing skills shortage challenges may soon get some relief thanks to a new Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program.
Job grant to relieve skills shortage

Post-secondary institution SAIT Polytechnic is ready to provide training in a number of high-demand sectors, a statement reads.

The CAJG program recently announced substantial funding support for employers to upgrade the skills of current and new employees.

Decisions about the type of training required are being placed in the hands of employers, with the program providing up to $10,000 in direct costs. This will cover 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."

Because of this announcement, SAIT put in place a team of specialists dedicated to helping employers with the grant application process.

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, the statement continues.

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," adds Miller. "It offers a solution to resolve skill shortages and maximize an employer's investment in training."

SAIT Polytechnic offers more than 100 career programs and more than 1,400 part-time courses in technology, trades and business.

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