Skill Up Program

Newcomer Centre's skill up program:

  • Is a foundational and technical skills employment training initiative for newcomers who want to enter the construction industry and related trades.

  • Helps participants find career success in Alberta’s skilled trades and construction industries by focusing on improving job readiness skills and facilitating work placement opportunities for better job retention.

program objectives

  • Bridge the gap for newcomers between their existing skills and education, as well as the needs and requirements of Alberta’s job market;
  • Offer newcomers the opportunity to prepare for and complete the entrance exam for Alberta’s apprenticeship programs; and
  • Create a pool of qualified newcomers for employers in Alberta to draw from to fill positions in construction and the trades.

participant benefits

Successful participants receive:

  • 17-weeks of paid training:
    + 8-weeks: in-class essential skills training
    + 9-weeks: on-site training
  • Job placement
  • Related exposure courses
  • Certificate of Skill Up course completion

eligibility requirements

All eligible program participants must:

  • Be interested in a career in the Construction/Trades sector in Alberta
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be a Permanent Resident (PR status) or Canadian citizen—that’s been in Canada less than 10 years
  • Have Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLB) 5+

NOTE:  Refugees under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act who have been given ‘Refugee Status’, and issued a ‘Notice of Decision’ (Decision on Refugee Protection Claim) and have a valid Canadian work permit will be eligible to participate in Skill Up program.


In-person classroom training runs:

  • Monday to Friday
  • 9:30 am—4:30 pm

On-site training runs:

  • Monday to Friday
  • 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Participants will learn:

  • Transferrable skills such as: communication, creativity & innovation, problem-solving, digital, collaboration, adaptability, etc.
  • Foundational skills such as: numeracy, writing, reading to help prepare for the apprenticeship entrance exam for certified trades in Alberta
  • Targeted technical skills used in construction sector to meet current and future requirements for skilled workforce within this industry.

funded by

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find out more


  • Cohort 1 – completed
  • Cohort 2 – runs from Apr. 29 – Aug. 23, 2024. This session is now full. No further applications/registrations accepted for this session.