Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM MDT
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Southern Alberta Institute of Technology 
1301 16 Ave NW
MacDonald Hall
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

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Racean DiBartolo 
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum 
613-235-4004 x207 

Integrating Newcomers into Alberta's Apprenticeship System

Many apprenticeship stakeholders identify language barriers, essential skills and other competency deficits as common areas of weakness among immigrant apprentices. This session will highlight how stakeholders are currently working to help this group address challenges, access supports and measure the impact of current initiatives on apprentice progression and completion.  Participant feedback will help to inform next steps for ensuring the success of newcomers navigating the apprenticeship system.



Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome & Opening Remarks



Presentation:  The Foundations of Apprentice Success

  • Sarah Watts-Rynard, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum



Presentation: Barriers & Pathways to Apprenticeship

  • Update on the Language Training Program for Apprentices
  • Pre-employment course offerings at SAIT
  • "Introduction to apprenticeship" programs - CCIS & Momentum


Networking Break




Stakeholder Panel:

  • Iris Assouline, Momentum Community Economic Development Society
  • Rob Goldbeck, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • Darryl Fischer, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Cindy Messaros, Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society




Roundtable Discussion:

  1. What barriers are immigrant apprentices facing on the job site and/or technical training? What priority competency areas will enhance their chance of success?
  2. What supports exist to help newcomers to Canada succeed in finding and retaining employment? What supports are missing?
  3. How are attitudes changing towards hiring and training immigrant apprentices? How do they need to change further?




Apprentice Panel


SAIT Technical Tour