Notice

Find out about the new Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act

On Tuesday, April 13, Minister Nicolaides introduced the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education (STAE) Act in the Alberta Legislature. If passed, this act will replace the 30-year-old Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Act to modernize skilled trades and apprenticeship education in Alberta and create a more flexible and efficient system.

To view the proposed Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education (STAE) Act, visit alberta.ca/modernizing-apprenticeship-education.

Background

This legislative renewal was prompted by the recommendations included in the Skills for Jobs Task Force's final report. The task force was appointed to find ways to expand and strengthen apprenticeship education and skilled trades opportunities in Alberta. The report recommended that the AIT Act and its regulations be rewritten because the legal framework under the AIT Act is complicated and prescriptive and creates barriers to implementing many of the other task force recommendations. You can read the Skills for Jobs Task Force Final Report here.

The big picture

The proposed STAE Act was drafted to create a framework capable of supporting a flexible apprenticeship education and skilled trades system that can evolve, adapt, and respond to current and future needs. It will enable expansion of apprenticeship into new and emerging careers, modernize governance of skilled trades professions, and increase recognition of the trades as valuable and meaningful careers. It will clarify the roles of stakeholders involved in apprenticeship education and the skilled trades (including employers, industries, apprentices, and post-secondary institutions) while reducing red tape and providing more flexibility and autonomy for those stakeholders.

Going forward

Once the new act is approved by the Alberta Legislature, stakeholders will have an opportunity to inform and shape aspects of the supporting regulations and program changes. Stakeholder engagement will help ensure Alberta’s apprenticeship education and skilled trades system is effective, meaningful, and able to adapt to the province’s evolving needs.