2023 Careers Annual Report

2023

“At first, I viewed welding as just a task that needed doing, however, advancements in technology have added layers of complexity and opportunity to it.”

Ben Clarke | Welding Apprentice, Moli Industries

Fleeing War to Plant New Dreams

Nikita Kristenko immigrated to Canada with his family last December to escape war in Ukraine. Over the past year, he’s embraced a new country, learned another language, and became an Alberta high school student. Despite all the changes, Nikita was eager to take on another challenge – the opportunity to get hands-on experience in an industry that reminds him of home.

“I was interested in agriculture because I’m from a country that relies heavily on it, and I love
the nature of it.”

When he arrived for his first day at HydraGreens, Nikita was taken aback to learn that agriculture in Canada was different from what he was used to. “I thought this internship was collecting crops on a farm. I came here and there were big shipping containers with crops inside them. For me, it’s like science fiction!”

HydraGreens, a vertical farm cultivating lettuce, herbs, and microgreens, stands among a growing number of Alberta companies embracing technology.

“We use cubic farms technology. It’s a type of hydroponic growing that uses a modified shipping container that allows us to use 95% less water,” says Operations Manager, Greg Delorey. “We also incorporate solar energy to help power our facility and use heat capture technology to heat our building through the winter.” HydraGreens has collaborated with CAREERS to offer high school internships for the past three years—a strategy they deem crucial for the evolving farming industry in Alberta.

“The younger generation grew up with technology, so they think of things in almost a different dimension. They bring some really good ideas to the table.”For Nikita, this experience is revealing a future he never knew was possible.“In my home country, nobody takes a 17-year-old to work, but here, everyone welcomes me and is eager to teach me things. It’s been awesome.”

NIKITA KRISTENKO
FIELD CROP PRODUCTION INTERN
HYDRAGREENS

OUR MISSION Enable youth on their path to rewarding careers.

strategic priorities

Employer Engagement

More employers providing career opportunities for youth.

Youth Participation

More youth participating in work integrated learning.

Community Reach

Key partners are increasingly leveraged.

Fiscal and Organizational Sustainability

Good governance and effective resources are in place to deliver.

THE HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP SCHOLARSHIP CELEBRATION

The 2023 High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Celebration recognized the achievements of 294 high school graduates who participated in the Registered Apprenticeship Program and Career and Technology Studies learning pathways. Hundreds participated in a fun-filled evening at the Fantasyland hotel, while others watched online, bringing together recipients, parents, employers, and educators from across the province. Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training provides these annual scholarships to support the next generation of skilled trades professionals and industry game changers. To watch to the celebration, go to: High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Celebration 

Left to right Sandra Sutter: CAREERS Board Member, Jordan House: Scholarship Recipient & Student Speaker, Jackie Hammond: Executive Director of Apprenticeship Delivery Support Services with the Alberta Government. 

CAREERS Team 2023

The CAREERS Awards of Excellence recognize the remarkable efforts of student interns, employer mentors and off-campus champions in work integrated learning. Nominations are accepted throughout the year, and student award recipients can receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued education.

In 2023 CAREERS was excited to present Ingrid Monpetit of Dow Chemical with the John Aldred Ambassadorship Award, which honors an individual who has worked closely with CAREERS to demonstrate outstanding advocacy for skilled trades education.

The 2023 Eric P. Newell Award of Excellence, celebrating a champion of CAREERS’ vision and mission who exemplifies outstanding leadership was proudly presented to Dave Tuccaro for his dedication and work with CAREERS over the past two decades.

The James Carter Indigenous Leader Award recognizes a
long-time CAREERS supporter and champion for Indigenous youth. In 2023, it was presented to former CAREERS board member, Doug Golosky. For a full recipient list, go to: Awards Page

SAVE THE DATE July 4, 2024

Heritage Pointe Golf Club, Calgary

2023 results

InternsHIPS 3,424

Employers 1,808

SCHOOLS 419

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Interns since 1997

Message from the President & Board Chair

The past year has been a remarkable journey that has taken CAREERS and our school partners to new heights and helped shape Alberta’s future workforce like never before. With growing support and a solid strategy, we have facilitated an unprecedented 3,424 internships. Furthermore, we have laid the foundation for continued growth and expanded opportunities to connect Alberta’s youth to a skilled workforce.

As Alberta’s most in-demand occupations evolve, CAREERS is partnering with forward-thinking employers to develop a skilled workforce that’s ready for tomorrow. We are exploring sectors like advanced manufacturing, environmental monitoring, and aviation. It’s an exciting time for youth in our province, and CAREERS, along with our vast network of industry experts, is working hard to stay ahead of the curve to make sure they’re well prepared.

CAREERS is also embracing technology to improve user experience in the services we offer. In 2023, all youth applications moved online, streamlining the process for youth and educators. Our employer portals have become a one-stop-shop to manage internships and apply for funding through CAREERS’ Youth Internship Incentive Program. We are excited to launch several more improvements in the year ahead.

Finding efficiencies for CAREERS and our stakeholders is critical as we continue to grow. Over the past year, CAREERS implemented a model for off-campus support in schools throughout the province. This shared resource reduces costs and improves accessibility to CAREERS programming.

As we move closer to our goal of 6,000 annual internships, it’s important to stay true to our mission and vision which includes providing meaningful opportunities for underrepresented groups. Over the past year, CAREERS worked with 35 First Nations, 6 Métis Settlements and numerous Indigenous communities across the province and increased the number of Indigenous internships by 27% to 528. Our Young Women in Trades and Technologies camps gained wide-spread media attention for their popularity and drove the number of female internships up to 742.

Our success is not measured solely in numbers; it is reflected in the stories of our youth discovering their passions, educators and mentors shaping the leaders of tomorrow, and communities benefiting from the positive impact of skilled workers. Thank you to everyone who played a role in making the year a resounding success. Your commitment fuels our mission, and together, we will continue inspiring the next generation of skilled workers for the betterment of Alberta and beyond.

JIM CARTER
Board Chair
ANDY NEIGEL
President & CEO

Rachelle Banagudos

At first, I was nervous—like, really nervous. I mean, I had zero experience, but here’s the thing: every day I spend working here,
I’m learning something new. It’s not your typical job, it’s more of a hands-on experience and hard work compared to other jobs; you really have to communicate with your team and assess every situation.

On my first day, they took me on a tour of the tools and made sure I had all my safety gear. My mentors have supported me, answered my questions when I’m not sure about something, and actually let me get my hands dirty with the work. Ultimately, I want to be a landscape designer and getting this hands-on experience now is going to set me up big time for the future.

This job has taught me that you can’t wait around for someone to tell you what to do; you’ve got to assess the situation and get things done.

Rachelle Banagudos
Horticulture Health & Maintenance Intern
HML Landscape Design & Construction

I know that as I gain this experience, it will open a ton of doors. I’ve learned teamwork, time management, and attention to detail and it will definitely help me towards my goal. It’s not just about the technical skills; it’s about growing as a person. I feel more mature, more in control of my time, and I know I’ve got a head start in life.

Honestly, joining this program was one of the best choices I’ve made. And if any of you out there are even thinking about it, just go for it. You get hands-on experience that’s going to benefit your future. I’m genuinely grateful for being part of this awesome program.

Rachelle Banagudos

Rachelle Banagudos
Horticulture Health & Maintenance Intern HML Landscape Design & Construction

At first, I was nervous—like, really nervous. I mean, I had zero experience, but here’s the thing: every day I spend working here,
I’m learning something new. It’s not your typical job, it’s more of a hands-on experience and hard work compared to other jobs; you really have to communicate with your team and assess every situation.

On my first day, they took me on a tour of the tools and made sure I had all my safety gear. My mentors have supported me, answered my questions when I’m not sure about something, and actually let me get my hands dirty with the work. Ultimately, I want to be a landscape designer and getting this hands-on experience now is going to set me up big time for the future.

This job has taught me that you can’t wait around for someone to tell you what to do; you’ve got to assess the situation and get things done.

I know that as I gain this experience, it will open a ton of doors. I’ve learned teamwork, time management, and attention to detail and it will definitely help me towards my goal. It’s not just about the technical skills; it’s about growing as a person. I feel more mature, more in control of my time, and I know I’ve got a head start in life.

 

Honestly, joining this program was one of the best choices I’ve made. And if any of you out there are even thinking about it, just go for it. You get hands-on experience that’s going to benefit your future. I’m genuinely grateful for being part of this awesome program.

As OF December 13, 2023

JIM CARTER, OC, Board Chair | ERIC NEWELL, OC, Founding Chair

BERND MANZ
Corporate Director

BRIAN MCCONKEY
VP Human Resources, Millar Western Forest Products

DARLENE BOUWSEMA
Corporate Director

DEAN PERKINS
SVP, Canadian Thermal and Conventional Heavy Oil Operations,Cenovus Energy

DAVID LEMAY
Vice Chair, Board Nominating Committee Chair | President, Centron Construction Group

DOUG FINGLAND
Director, TA Planning and Logistics Regional Services, Upstream, Suncor Energy

JANINE SULLIVAN
President & CEO, Fortis Alberta

KELLY SMITH-FRASER
Secretary & Treasurer, Finance and Audit Chair | Manager, NuHaven Cattle Co.
Chair, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)

KRISTIN ROMERIL
VP Operations, Kaizen Automotive Group

LORA PILLIPOW
Deputy Minister, Alberta Education

MICHAEL COLBORNE
Corporate Director

SANDRA SUTTER
Indigenous Partnerships Manager, PTW Energy Services

PATRICIA PELTON
Corporate Director

SANDRA CARDINAL
Director, Indigenous Affairs, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries

DONAVON YOUNG
Deputy Minister, Alberta Indigenous Relations

Andy Neigel
President & CEO

Ericka Folk
Director, Partnerships

Janis Lawrence-Harper
Director, Research & Development

Jeannie Hawksworth
Director, Finance & Corporate Services

Stacey Rishaug
Director, Marketing & Communications

Stefan Rutkowski
COO, Director Operations

CAREERS appreciates the contributions of retiring board members Andre Tremblay, former Deputy Minister, Alberta Education and Wade Carson, Sr. Director Product Development, Serious Labs.

OCTOBER 1, 2022 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
Full financial statements are available at: Reports and Statements

$ 0 M
EMPLOYERS PAID TO INTERNS

SURPLUS $172,017

No Data Found

Total Revenue
$10,409,783

No Data Found

Total Expenditures
$10,418,524

“You gain a lot of experience when you’re doing an internship. You can see what everyone is doing and all the different trades and base your career off that.”

NICK NOZEWSKI
Tilelayer Intern
Design Flooring Centre

“It’s a good way to try out different careers without fully committing to it. If you don’t like it, it’s an internship but if you like it, you can continue doing it!”

OLIVIA BELL
HR Administrative Intern
Tuccaro Inc.

Skilled trades continues to be CAREERS’ most popular pathway resulting in 2,190 internships in 2023. Participants also had the option to fast track their training via the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). This collaborative initiative between Alberta Education and Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) enables students to accrue hours towards certification while completing high school.
Alberta’s agriculture industry is growing and diversifying at a rapid pace, making it a key area of focus for CAREERS. In 2023, there were 417 internships in this field, a 142% increase from the previous year. Working in the production and care of crops and animals, in rural and urban settings, youth across the province are learning new ways they can play an important role in shaping the global food industry.
Attracting youth to careers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is vital for shaping our future digital landscape and for developing the new skills needed as traditional careers evolve. Over the past year, CAREERS facilitated 172 internships in a wide variety of areas ranging from digital marketing and data management to computer programing and game development.
With more than 60% of our province covered in trees, the forestry sector remains a significant economic driver in Alberta. Collaborating with Work Wild and Inside Education, CAREERS introduces youth to a diverse array of forestry occupations and their contributions to sustainability. Over the past year CAREERS connected 49 youth to the Junior Forest Rangers Program.
Addressing shortages to Alberta’s health care system, especially post-pandemic, is crucial to ensuring resilience and quality care for future challenges. With restrictions easing over the past year, there were 134 internships provided by over 70 employers – a quarter of them with Alberta Health Services facilities in rural communities.
The demand remains high in oil and gas, Alberta’s largest industry, as the world continues to depend on our province to meet energy needs. CAREERS has been providing a path into scaffolding, a significant skill gap in this sector. At the same time, new occupations are emerging with the development of renewable energy sources. In addition to internships, there are dual credit opportunities such as the power engineering program, that gives high school students a head start with practical experience and college-level courses.
CAREERS monitors industry trends and invests in research to develop pathways that position youth to meet future demands. Over the past year, CAREERS worked with First Nations and industry leaders to create 31 internships relating to the protection and enhancement of Alberta’s environment. In 2024, there are plans to expand this pathway, and explore others such as advanced manufacturing and aviation.
Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) is a CAREERS initiative that is designed to break barriers and give young women the confidence to explore careers where they are traditionally under-represented. This includes province-wide camps led by female mentors and support for those wanting to try paid internships. In 2023, young women made up 22% of all interns.
This initiative creates additional focused effort to engage Indigenous youth in career awareness and exploration. In addition to the permanent Program Coordinators, CAREERS brings on Indigenous Career Coaches over the summer to provide additional internship support to Indigenous youth through career pathways in an expanded choice of occupations. The collective result was 528 internships in 2023. Continued success is strengthened the formal partnerships with the Alexander First Nation, Fort McKay First Nation, and Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935.
This model, unparalleled in Canada, supported 159 high school graduates (ages 18-25) within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo last year, and is currently being expanded to central Alberta. Participants rotate amongst a collaborative group of employers while also completing mandatory trades classroom instruction. This comprehensive approach ensures a well-rounded and efficient path toward achieving journeyperson status.
The U21 Program supports recently graduated youth who are looking for hands-on experience in skilled trades. The pilot phase of this program successfully demonstrated its ability to connect 304 youth to their next step in apprenticeship or get them started in a trades-supporting occupation. Moving forward, the program is expanding beyond skilled trades to opportunities in agriculture, forestry, and energy.
The SafeGen program was brought under the CAREERS umbrella in August 2023, allowing educators and youth to access both internship opportunities and mandatory safety courses from the same place. The seamless transition resulted in the activation of 3,098 new student and teacher accounts in the first month of operation.
ENABLING YOUTH ON THEIR PATH TO REWARDING CAREERS since 1997
Leader $10,000+

Alberta Unionized (RAP) Continuing Education Trust Fund

Carter, Jim and Bray, Lorraine

FortisAlberta

Government of Canada

Kal Tire

Ledcor Industries

Friend $1000+

Athabasca Tribal Council

Calgary Foundation

Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta

Folk, Ericka

Fraser, Andy

Gordon, Wendy

Heck, Jerry

Newell, Kathy and Eric

Northwestern Alberta Foundation

Plains Midstream Canada Empress I-V

Read, Elaine

Upgrading Art Event

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Inside Education

Platform Calgary

Skills Canada Alberta

COMMUNITY PARTNERS CONT’d

Women Building Futures

Work Wild

CAREERS Advisory Groups:

  • Central Alberta
  • Grande Prairie
  • Wood Buffalo
  • South East Alberta
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The support of our many Indigenous community partners is critical to increase equity and access for Indigenous youth.

Education Partners

Thank you to all of our education partners connected to career awareness and internship support.

Event Partners

Accurate Network Services

Alstar Group of Companies

Aluma Systems

Event Partners CONT’D

Cana Construction

Cetex Holdings

Collins Capital

Construction Labour Relations an Alberta Association

CPKC

Custom Electric

Diamond International Trucks

DMG Events Energy

Fiera Capital

FLINT Energy Services

FortisAlberta

Graham Construction

Greatwest Kenworth

Hady Electric

Jardeg Construction Services

Kaizen Automotive Group

Ledcor Industries

Legacy Heating and Cooling

Mikisew Group Limited Partnership

Millar Western Forest Products

NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services

Omnia Training

ParklandGEO

Event Partners CONT’D

PCL Builders

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Production World

TC Energy

Tridon Communications

Tuccaro

UA Local 488 Edmonton

Training Centre

WF Steel & Crane

Whitecap Motors

Winkel, Gord & Jan

Worley

Board Matching Campaign Donors

Thanks to the generous contributions of The Newell Family and the CAREERS Board of Directors, $650,000 in new donations were matched (February 2020 – September 2023) to assist in growing opportunities for Alberta youth.

Lead Gift – The Newell Family

Jim Carter and Lorraine Bray

Curtis Clarke

Michael Colborne

Andre Corbould

Board Matching Campaign Donors CONT’d

Marvin and Shirley Dul

Doug Fingland

Andy Fraser

Heather and Douglas Kennedy

David LeMay

Bernd and Angela Manz

Brian McConkey

Jerry and Leslie McPherson

Sheila O’Brien

Kristin Romeril

Sandra Sutter

John and Leslie Wilson

Gord Winkel

Donavon Young

Drew Zieglgansberger

Kathi and Andy Neigel (President & CEO)

Employer Partners

1,808 employers invested in youth and provided paid internships to students enrolled in CAREERS programs.

We strive for accuracy in
recognizing partners. If there
are any additions or changes required, please contact partnerships@nextgen.org

CAREERS: The Next Generation Foundation is a student focused, industry-school-community partnership that provides awareness and experience. Youth are encouraged to engage in learning, stay in school and discover their career passion in skilled trades, technologies, and occupations in high demand.

CAREERS: The Next Generation Foundation
18256 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5S1S7
1.888.757.7172 | communications@nextgen.org
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