CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) - With today's release of the Alberta budget, the Government has indicated their commitment to a publically funded apprenticeship system. Merit Contractors Association, Alberta's largest open shop construction association, applauds the government's decision to dedicate resources and funding towards educating our current and future workforce.
The Government has recognized the important role that the construction workforce will play in the future of Alberta's economy and Merit commends them for announcing changes to the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund to support excellence in the apprenticeship, trade and technology systems. The Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund will support $38 million in scholarships this year. Additionally, $200 million will be added to the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund, targeted to help apprentices complete their programs, engage industry, and support excellence across the apprenticeship system
"Construction activity in Alberta over the next decade is expected to outpace GDP growth, so anything the Government can do to support and encourage people to enter the trades and complete their apprenticeship is good for the economy, expanding the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Trust Fund to include apprenticeship is an excellent way to support trades education," says Peter Pilarski, Vice President with Merit Contractors Association.
"This Premier has also shown an unwavering commitment to Alberta's publically funded apprenticeship system and we are pleased that Budget 2014 has dedicated some capital spending towards projects at NAIT," says Pilarski.
The Association is also supportive of the Government's infrastructure priorities and commitment to $6.6 billion of capital spending this year, and $19 billion over the next three years.
"As the province's population grows, so must the number of schools, hospitals and other infrastructure," says Pilarski. "The Premier has recognized the importance of building infrastructure to enable economic success and she deserves credit for staying true to her commitment to building capital."
Merit Contractors Association is a province-wide, not-for-profit association comprised of over 1,300 contractor member firms that employ over 50,000 Albertans in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial construction sectors. Visit www.meritalberta.com.