Alberta’s government is funding additional micro-credential programs to help Albertans develop the skills they need to build new careers and secure the province’s future.
Rapid growth has created various skilled labour shortages and Albertans need access to skills training to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy. Micro-credentials are short-term, documented learning experiences that recognize specific skills and competencies and create new opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Albertans to quickly re-skill or upskill to better meet industry needs, re-enter the workforce and quickly pivot in their careers.
Earlier this fall, Alberta’s government invested $8 million over two years to create 69 new micro-credentials programs through the Alberta at Work initiative. Additional funding of more than $270,000 will help create five new programs that support key sectors, including energy, technology, software development and finance.
“I’m pleased we were able to deliver funding for five additional micro-credential programs before the end of the fiscal year. These unique opportunities allow Albertans to develop the job-ready skills they need to be successful and build new careers while building up the workforce in high-demand sectors.”
The new programs include:
- Burman University – Finance and Entrepreneurship: $98,000
- Keyano College – Digital Literacies: $10,000
- Lethbridge College – Game Play Programmer: $58,500
- Lethbridge College – Game Engine Sound Artist: $58,500
- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – Liquefied Natural Gas in the Energy Sector Program: $45,000
“Burman University is pleased to participate in advancing the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy by providing micro-credentials in the areas of finance and entrepreneurship. Individuals with an interest in these short-term learning programs will be able to benefit from them in central Alberta and, in turn, be able to contribute with the needed skills for our economy.”
“We are pleased to be part of this important initiative. Whether people are changing careers, re-entering the workforce or simply looking for career advancement opportunities, the new micro-credentialing programs allow flexible learning options and the opportunity for people to upskill quickly.”
“Our two new micro-credential programs will provide learners with the skills they need to contribute to Alberta’s emerging game development industry. We appreciate the Government of Alberta’s recognition of our strengths in this area and commitment to ensuring our learners have access to these flexible and responsive learning options.”
“We appreciate the continued investment by the Government of Alberta in supporting skills development through post-secondary education. By further bolstering the industry-focused micro-credential programs available at SAIT, we are providing the tools Albertans need to remain relevant and competitive in the workforce.”
Micro-credential programs support the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy by providing students with flexible and innovative learning opportunities to help them develop skills for jobs. This new investment in micro-credentialing builds on the $5.6 million used to launch a micro-credential pilot program in 2021.
The Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy is a transformational vision and direction for Alberta’s higher education system, which will develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, strengthen innovation and commercialization of research, and forge stronger relationships between employers and post-secondary institutions.