CAREERS recognizes the value of experiential learning (career-integrated learning) and believes all students should have an opportunity to start developing career paths while in high school.
With support from the Alberta Government, CAREERS plans to double the number of schools we work with from 500 to 1,000 and quadruple the annual number of paid student internships and full-time apprenticeships from 1,567 to 6,000 by 2023.
WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE
Each year in Alberta there are 3,000 retirements from the skilled trades occupations. There are skilled trades shortages in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) to name a few, and shortages outside the trades in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and other in-demand rewarding occupations. At the same time, the Alberta youth unemployment rate is 11.2% with a low post-secondary participation rate when compared to other jurisdictions. In other words, we have “people without jobs – jobs without people”.
In order for CAREERS to link learning to earning through paid workplace internships, we require more students, schools and employers to participate.
BENEFITS OF GETTING INVOLVED
9 out of 10 employers are likely to recommend the program to others
91% of employers who tried the program, are likely to take on more students
Watch what employers have to say about hiring interns.