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2021 in Review
A message from the Chair and President & CEO
The COVID-19 pandemic has yet to release its hold on the global economy; however, this past year has brought new resolve for CAREERS and those we work with. Youth, employers, and schools all play an important role in Alberta’s recovery and future sustainability, and as the force that connects them all, it’s been more important than ever for CAREERS to forge ahead. Over the past year, we have not only adapted, but have gained momentum, empowering the CAREERS team and our stakeholders to stay the course on aggressive targets.
This past year, over 1500 internships were created, providing safe opportunities for youth to continue exploring careers through hands-on experience. More schools began seeing the value of our virtual presentations. Enhanced marketing and a brand refresh increased our reach to youth and employers and attracted more interest than ever before.
New and expanded programming has opened doors into high-demand industries. The Information Communications Technology Program is now offered province wide. CAREERS also launched the Agriculture Pilot Program. Opportunities for even further expansion are currently being explored.
One of the biggest game-changers in 2021 was the launch of the Youth Internship Incentive Program. In partnership with the
Alberta government and with support from our partners, CAREERS was able to offer funding to help 434 employers take on interns, especially during tough times. This initiative will continue into 2022.
The past year also brought a deeper understanding of Canada’s history and its Indigenous peoples. The discovery of several mass grave sites near residential schools, triggered shock across the country, but also the desire to learn and engage more with Indigenous culture. The CAREERS team embraced the opportunity to support and focus on Truth and Reconciliation by not only listening and understanding but by increasing efforts to provide Indigenous youth with access to jobs, training and education. Four Career Coaches were hired last summer to connect with communities across the province and a new part-time position was created to carry on the work.
As we look ahead, CAREERS remains committed to increasing the number of paid internships for Alberta youth to 6,000 annually within a few short years. We are grateful to the students, employers, schools, and funders who understand the important role everyone plays in building a strong, sustainable future for all Albertans. Together, we are creating the momentum needed to get there.
Leading by Example
Darrell Daniels, a member of the Siksika Nation, was one of four Career Coaches hired across the province to connect with communities and assist Indigenous youth in finding their career path. “Reconciliation is becoming more and more important to employers and CAREERS is a great resource for them to engage with youth,” says Daniels. “My role was vital because I already have those connections and as a mentor, I am somebody Indigenous youth can relate to.” In addition to Darrell’s work at CAREERS he is working towards his education degree. “This is the perfect job for me, helping youth is what I want to do, especially Indigenous youth. We need to remove those barriers between non-Indigenous companies and indigenous people, and I feel this role can help me to do that.”
Derek Atabayev was one of three Information and Communications Technology (ICT) interns hired by CAREERS last summer. “A lot of companies only hire skilled professionals for tech-related jobs,” explains Derek. “I jumped at the chance to get some experience and learn more about a field that interests me.”
Over the course of his internship, Derek was able to develop new skills, such as graphic design, software programs, promotional and business writing, and networking. As part of the CAREERS team, he took the initiative to organize and host a weekly virtual event for other ICT interns to share what they were doing and learning. He started to invite special guest employers in different ICT sectors to showcase a variety of in-demand career options. Within a short time, the meetings began attracting other students and employers who were interested in connecting. Even though Derek was a high school student with limited training, his youthful energy and ideas proved invaluable to the organization.
Now in his final year of high school, Derek knows there’s a future for him in ICT. While he hasn’t settled on a career path, he’s approaching the journey with a much different mindset. “I’m way more excited about working in the tech industry. The internship opened my eyes to a whole swath of careers I’d never dreamed of. There are a lot of passionate, smart people out there who are working together to do some really cool things. I often speak with other students about my experience and tell them not to be intimidated by what they don’t know. The mentors out there are awesome, and they want to help us as much as we want to do a great job for them.”
Trades & Technologies
SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM
Students can explore over 50 skilled trades and may also be eligible to begin their apprenticeship training through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). RAP is a joint Alberta Education and Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) initiative allowing students to earn hours towards their certification while still in high school. In partnership with schools, CAREERS facilitated 999 skilled trades internships.
CAREERS CO-OP APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
This unique program provides high school graduates (ages 18–25) with the opportunity to train for a career in the apprenticeship trades by rotating through employers on an annual basis. 125 CAREERS CO-OP students began or continued their journey this year. This program is only available in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
Students can get a head start on their accreditation in the following technology-driven careers: Oil and Gas Production, Water Wastewater Operations, 4th Class Power Engineering, and Non-Destructive Testing. In total, 5 students took advantage of these programs, earning both high school and post-secondary credits at the same time.
YOUNG WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGIES
CAREERS is committed to increasing awareness of non-traditional occupations for young women. This initiative resulted in 294 internships, along with a variety of hands-on camps and virtual events.
Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
The Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Program expanded across the province in 2021, offering new opportunities for tech-minded students to explore their skills. The popularity of this in-demand sector made it one of CAREERS fastest growing programs, leading to 76 internships in its first full year.
CAREERS partners with Work Wild and Inside Education to educate students and open doors into the vast and diverse world of forestry occupations. Virtual and hands-on events connected industry experts with students throughout the province and resulted in 17 internships.
Indigenous Youth Career Pathways
This program provided mentorship for 209 Indigenous students through focusing on awareness of occupations, workplace skills, and individual strengths. Continued success is strengthened through the formal partnerships with the Alexander First Nation, Fort McKay First Nation, and Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935.
The Health Program was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, CAREERS was able to safely facilitate 12 internships across the province. This global crisis has highlighted the importance of attracting more skilled health professionals, and CAREERS is committed to creating opportunities for youth as restrictions ease.
According to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, over 23 thousand agriculture workers will be needed over the next four years. This pilot program was designed to expose students to a future in animal and plant systems, or food processing. The result was 93 internships with plans for expansion in 2022.
JOSH SMITH (right) & ARMAN BADESHA (centre) Electrician Interns
HAYDEN GRACE Mentor (left)| Silent-Aire
Awards + Celebrations
Awards of Excellence
The CAREERS Awards of Excellence recognize the remarkable efforts of student interns, employer mentors and off-campus champions. Communities are encouraged to submit nominations every year across the province and student recipients can be eligible to receive a $500 scholarship to support post-secondary education. The John Aldred Ambassadorship Award and Eric Newell Award of Excellence honour exemplary ambassadors, leaders and champions of the CAREERS’ mission.
The High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Celebration
The High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Celebration highlights student achievement in the Registered Apprenticeship Program and Career and Technology Studies learning pathways. To ensure the safety of all and to build off the success of last year’s event, CAREERS decided to again present the event virtually through a live stream broadcast bringing together recipients, families, employers, and educators from across the province for a fun-filled and inspirational evening. This year’s event also included online breakout room sessions to engage all attendees in conversation, to share success stories, and build connections and networking opportunities for the youth. Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training provides these annual scholarships to support the next generation of skilled trades professionals and industry game changers.
October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Total Revenue 8,432,416
Total Expenditures 7,467,285
Board of Directors
As OF December 15, 2021
JIM CARTER, OC, Board Chair | ERIC NEWELL, OC, Founding Chair
Sr. Director Product Portfolio, Serious Labs
Chairman & CEO, Pacific Western Transportation
Director, TA Planning and Logistics Regional Services, Upstream, Suncor Energy
Vice Chair, Corporate Director
Secretary & Treasurer, Finance and Audit Chair | VP Human Resources, Millar Western Forest Products
VP Conventional Operations, Cenovus
VP Operations, Kaizen Automotive Group
Manager, NuHaven Cattle Co.
Indigenous Partnerships Manager, PTW Energy Services
Non-voting, Deputy Minister, Alberta Education
Non-voting, Deputy Minister, Alberta Indigenous Relations
CAREERS appreciates the contributions of retiring board members Andre Corbould, former Deputy Minister, Alberta Education, Shirley Dul, Corporate Director, Heather Kennedy, Corporate Director, Jerry McPherson, VP Maintenance & Projects, Syncrude Canada, Sheila O’Brien, Corporate Director, and John Wilson, President & CEO, Hedco Group.
President & CEO
Director Research & Development
Director Finance & Corporate Services
Director Marketing & Communications