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Securing Apprenticeship Success in the Oil Sands Presentation to the Skilled Trades Summit June 1-3, 2014 Ottawa By: Ray Massey, Chair Alberta Apprenticeship.

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1 Securing Apprenticeship Success in the Oil Sands Presentation to the Skilled Trades Summit June 1-3, 2014 Ottawa By: Ray Massey, Chair Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

2 Presentation Outline Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training System Alberta’s labour market challenges What is Alberta doing to develop a skilled workforce? Questions?

3 Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training System

4 Alberta’s apprenticeship and industry training system is an industry-driven system that ensures a highly skilled, internationally competitive workforce in over 50 designated trades and occupations.

5 Alberta’s apprenticeship facts On-the-job training – 80% –exposes apprentice to how to do the job –provides opportunity to practice skills and knowledge Technical training – 20% –provides the bigger picture - the theory, rationale and how things fit together –helps broaden the knowledge and abilities of the apprentice

6 Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Provincial Apprenticeship Committees (PAC) Local Apprenticeship Committees (LAC) Minister of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education

7 Alberta apprenticeship facts In 2013, there were: more than 65,000 registered apprentices in Alberta more than 22,000 new apprentices registered – an increase of almost 50% since 2010 More than 8,500 individuals were certified in Alberta’s designated trades and occupations.

8 Apprentice Completion Rate During the school year, 77% of apprentices who completed the first year of their program went on to complete their apprenticeship within two years of the earliest completion date. Alberta apprenticeship facts

9 The majority of graduates who participated in the Apprentice Graduate Survey expressed satisfaction with: the overall quality of their on-the-job training (95%) the overall quality of their technical training (96%) their experience with the apprenticeship program – 96% would still have chosen to become an apprentice. Alberta apprenticeship facts

10 The majority of employers who participated in the 2012 Employer Satisfaction with Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Tradespersons Survey expressed satisfaction with: the skills of certified journeypersons (95%) apprenticeship technical training (86%) the effectiveness of on-the-job training (96%) Alberta apprenticeship facts

11 In 2013, apprentices were being trained at more than 14,000 employer sites around Alberta—nearly half in shops with 20 or fewer tradespeople. Source: Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education *The size of an employer site is determined by the number of tradespeople. Alberta apprenticeship facts

12 Alberta’s labour market challenges

13 Alberta’s Workforce Challenges Aging workforce/demographics Oil Sands Projects On-going maintenance and sustaining capital projects Interprovincial competition

14 For the coming decade, Alberta could experience a cumulative labour shortage of around 96,000 workers by the year Alberta Job, Skills, Training and Labour Government of Alberta Alberta’s Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook Released: February 2014

15 High demand trades/occupations in Oil Sands and related projects, to 2023 Boilermakers Bricklayers (in refractory work) Carpenters (often as scaffolders) Construction estimators and managers Construction millwrights Crane operators Electricians Heavy Equipment mechanics Insulators Ironworkers (structural and reinforcing) Steamfitter-pipefitters Welders Source: * Buildforce Canada, Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward, Alberta Oil Sands, Key Highlights.

16 What is Alberta doing to develop a skilled workforce?

17 Strategic Initiative: Industry Champions Issue:Alberta’s industry is expected to encounter significant challenges in attracting and maintaining a sustainable workforce to support economic activity as the economy becomes stronger (and as the current trades workforce starts to retire) Solution:Industry can positively impact the skilled trades workforce supply by: Hiring more apprentices Becoming more involved in the training of apprentices Implementing retention strategies that keep apprentices motivated and progressing in their program

18 Progress to date: – Oil and Gas Industry Champions Committee Increased awareness of shared challenges and opportunities Increased minimum apprentice hiring in companies that direct hire Developed Call to Action for Apprenticeship document – Oil and Gas Action Plan event – Feb. 27, 2014 in Calgary (in partnership with CAF) – Meeting with construction association that supports energy supply chain Strategic Initiative: Industry Champions

19 Challenges encountered: – Differences in hiring practices of direct and indirect hires (through contractors) – Lack of common vision in industry – Duplication of effort and resources – Cultural change required – need to acknowledge that apprentices are an investment in the future For every $1 invested in training an apprentice, an employer will receive a new return of $1.47.* Strategic Initiative: Industry Champions * Source: Canadian Apprenticeship Forum “It Pays to Hire an Apprentice: Calculating the Return on Training Investment for Skilled Trades Employers in Canada.”

20 Blended On-Line Learning – A combination of theory delivered on-line and the practical component of technical training taking place at a training institute. – Five trades currently have blended learning on-line instruction in select periods (with more trades/periods under development) Strategic Initiative: Innovation in technical training delivery

21 Strategic Initiative: Promote the trades as a career of choice Partnerships with organizations such as Women Building Futures and CAREERS: Next Generation. - Trades Alberta editorial series Learning Clicks Ambassador Program – in 2013, almost 900 presentations given to 22,000 students. Registered Apprenticeship Program – in 2013, more than 1, 500 high school students participated in RAP and were employed at over 1,000 employer sties.

22 Alberta Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative Northeast Alberta Apprenticeship Initiative Attending job fairs and post secondary open houses Strategic Initiative: Promote the trades as a career of choice

23 Five apprenticeship pathways currently available: Automotive Service Technician Carpenter Cook Hairstylist Welder Career and Technology Studies (CTS) – Pathways to Apprenticeship Five new apprenticeship pathways to be available as of September 2014: Auto Body Technician Electrician Heavy Equipment Technician Millwright Plumber Strategic Initiative: Promote the trades as a career of choice

24 In 2013, 16,000 students participated in Skills Canada programs, representing 165 Alberta communities. Strategic Initiative: Promote the trades as a career of choice

25 NAIT’s “Trades to Degrees” Program – a unique post-secondary learning opportunity – allows certified trades professionals to move directly from a trades credential to the third year of a business degree program – successfully piloted in – first public classes were offered in the school year. Strategic Initiative: Promote the trades as a career of choice For more information about this program, please visit:

26 Financial supports for apprentices Alberta: $200 million endowment to support apprentices Alberta Income Support Grant (based on need) Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Scholarships Federal: Employment Insurance Apprentice Incentive and Completion Grants Canada Tradesperson’s Tool Deduction Strategic Initiative: Support apprentices to finish their training

27 Scholarships – Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Family of Scholarships o Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Scholarships o Top Apprentice Scholarships o Pre-Apprentice Scholarships o RAP/CTS Scholarships Strategic Initiative: Support apprentices to finish their training As of March 31, 2013,almost $6 million has been awarded to apprentices through the board’s family of scholarships.

28 Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit Government of Canada Economic Action Plan 2013 – Canada Job Grant – Promoting Education in High Demand Field (including skilled trades, technology, engineering and mathematics) – Supporting the use of Apprentices Initiatives to increase employment opportunities

29 Questions?


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