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Fort McMurray students losing their apprenticeship hours

May 26, 2016

(Edmonton, AB) High school students impacted by the fires in Fort McMurray are losing out on their internships and will fall behind in their apprenticeships unless Alberta businesses take them in.

CAREERS: The Next Generation - Fort McMurray programs are supported by employers throughout the region that provide trades skill development through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for high school students, CAREERS Co-op Apprenticeship Program for post-high school students, and the Aboriginal Youth CAREER Pathways Program.  These young workers are mid-stream on their path to Journeyperson certification. 

CAREERS is committed to supporting Fort McMurray students who have been impacted by the fires by restoring programs in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as quickly as possible. 

RAP student Ashley Gale, was almost half way through her Heavy Equipment Technician apprenticeship when she was displaced by the fires and laid off. She is looking forward to getting back on track as soon as possible and will need our help. Her future, and the future of other Fort McMurray youth, is on hold unless new internship opportunities are available. 

“Employers are needed throughout the province to support these youth and their continued apprenticeship training.  If you have never had a RAP intern or young apprentice before, now is the time,” said Eric Newell, Board Chair for CAREERS: The Next Generation, and former CEO of Syncrude Canada Ltd.  “We can’t rebuild Fort McMurray without skilled trades.  Young apprentices need to keep building their skills and gaining experience in high-demand trades and industrial occupations.”

CAREERS - Fort McMurray Team members are temporarily relocated to Edmonton and Calgary and are reconnecting with program participants and educators. Employers willing to provide a four to six week internship in trades and industrial occupations are encouraged to contact the CAREERS Provincial Office at 780-426-3414 or toll-free 1-888-757-7172.


For information contact:

Carmen Wyton
Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations
780-257-2270 cell
[email protected]


Ericka Folk
Senior Manager, Partnership Development
780-930-2518 Direct
780-920-5657 Cell
[email protected]



CAREERS: Fort McMurray  Serving the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) since 1990 

CAREERS: The Next Generation – Fort McMurray works with students, schools and businesses, including First Nations and Metis communities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, to build a skilled workforce for the future.  High school students and recent graduates gain career exposure, maturity, and experience through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), CAREERS Co-op Apprenticeship Program, Power Engineering and Health Services internships, and Career Pathways for Aboriginal youth. 

CAREERS: The Next Generation Foundation is a student focused, industry driven community partnership that provides career awareness, exploration and work experience to enable Alberta students to discover a career passion in trades, technologies, health services and occupations in high demand. Learn more about CAREERS and its programs at www.nextgen.org.

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