Designed to help address the misalignment of skills and needs, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant  (CAJG) is a funding program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees. With Alberta’s changing economy, new industries booming and others waning, it has become increasingly important for employees to find a way to increase their knowledge and skills to stay competitive in the workforce. (Canada-Alberta Job Grant, 2016)

     Training providers must be eligible Alberta third-party training providers with no direct connection to the employer or employer’s company. Beyond this requirement, it is the discretion of the employer that determines the best provider based on any number of criteria such as schedule, location, commitment, reputation, and certification.

     Under the CAJG, employers are only required to cover 1/3 of direct training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee in government contributions (Canada-Alberta Job Grant, 2016). This is a key selling point to help you convince your employer that they will receive benefits far beyond the cost of training.

      It is also required that out-of-house training be incremental, meaning you could still work for your employer throughout the duration of your training in the capacity they deem best. You are receiving additional training to help serve the company better, applying new training techniques throughout the training process, and still providing your employer with sweat equity. It’s a win for all parties!

        At InnoTech College we provide training during the evening hours and on the weekends, so that you can stay focused on your work, while at the same time advancing your education to the highest level. Our SharePoint Diploma Program allows employees to gain a skill that was considered the most in-demand development skill in Canada in 2015. With SharePoint being used by over 90% of medium to large size businesses and government offices, no matter who you work for, SharePoint expertise is likely in need. Inquire with your employer today! There are limited seats available in our Fall 2016 classes.

For a full list of eligibility, you can refer to the CAJG Applicant Guide http://www.albertacanada.com/files/albertacanada/CAJG_Applicant_Guide_June_2016.pdf.

 

References

Canada-Alberta Job Grant (2016). “Eligibility at a glance,” Government of Alberta. Retrieved from http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/jobgrant-eligibility.aspx?utm_expid=5508031-22.Ozg-059jTlOKE_zV2vzH9Q.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.albertacanada.com%2Fopportunity%2Femployers%2Fjobgrant-application-forms.aspx. Web. July 12, 2016

Canada-Alberta Job Grant (2016). “About the Canada- Alberta Job Grant” Government of Alberta. Retrieved from http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/about-jobgrant.aspx Web. July 12, 2016.

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