I hope everyone had a safe and healthy Thanksgiving this year.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to relax and reflect on all that we are grateful for with friends and family.
I am thankful and honoured to be representing Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville which is such an amazing constituency. I look forward to continuing to be a strong voice for the peopleof Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, especially with a new session of the legislature starting next
With the new session set to get underway, I am eager to see the government act on the work of the Skills for Jobs Task Force. I was very proud to serve on this task force, which looked at how Alberta can strengthen and improve apprenticeship education and skill development – and better recognize the important role of skilled trades professions. As a journey-person a skilled trade, I am very passionate about this subject. Being on the Skills for Jobs Task Force allowed me to use my personal experience for the betterment of skilled trades.
The Skills for Jobs Task Force task force recently submitted its final report to the government. The recommendations in the report reflect the voices and experiences of all members of the task force, which included members from post-secondary institutions, industry associations, labour groups, community agencies and education leaders from across the K-12 system.
Education, training and skill development are critical to the future of our province. That’s why I was so proud to see Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announce this week that Alberta’s government is partnering with Shad Canada – a registered charity – to provide more high school students with hands-on summer experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, also known as STEAM. This partnership will provide more grade 10 and 11 students with access to STEAM programming, providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to be competitive in today’s global economy. This initiative will be including more students who live
in rural and remote communities, including students from low-income households. This will ensure everyone has a fair chance to participate and learn these valuable skills.
This is an amazing imitative and partnership that will help develop the skills and interests of our young people nearing graduation. I encourage anyone in grades 10 or 11 to enroll in this program. More information is available at www.shad.ca.
As always, my doors are open to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my constituency office at FortSaskatchewan.Vegreville@assembly.ab.ca.
Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
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