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Premier's Council on Skills to advise on post-secondary programming – EverythingGP

LETHBRIDGE, AB – A new task force will help to guide the future of post-secondary programming in Alberta.
The Premier’s Council on Skills, comprised of 11 industry stakeholders, aims to help the provincial government to better understand the challenges, opportunities, and changing needs of Alberta’s workforce.
Premier Jason Kenney says the group will make a significant difference in aiding workers and industries in the long run.
“Our government is obsessed with attracting new investment to fuel our economy’s diversification,” says Kenney. “We need skilled workers to fill the high-wage jobs that are being created in record numbers in Alberta. This council will help us to rise to the challenge in developing and retaining these skilled workers.”
Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicholaides adds that the council will act as a liaison between industries and the government on skills development and how post-secondary schools can adapt.
“The council members are trailblazers in our province, and I know that they will bring a unique point of view that will help ensure Albertans learn the skills they need to succeed now and in the future,” says Nicholaides. “This council strengthens the cooperation between our post-secondary system and industry, and will help keep Alberta students – and our economy – on the right path forward.”
The members of the Premier’s Council on Skills are:
Perrin says he is honoured to lead the Council and to work with the government.
“The important work done by this body will help ensure the fulfilment of current and future skill needs in our province while providing high-paying employment opportunities to Albertans,” says Perrin. “The council is a bold and wise move by the government that will help align the skills required for our economy with the educational structures necessary to achieve them.”
The province also introduced the Alberta 2030 plan last year, which will transform post-secondary education with goals to improve access and student experience, develop skills for jobs, support innovation and commercialization, strengthen internationalization, improve sustainability and affordability, and strengthen system governance.
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