Helping your client choose the right school or training program can be exciting but challenging. The resources here can guide you and your client as you find the right fit.
Your clients may so many questions when they first approach you for information. What should they choose: a certificate, diploma, degree, or apprenticeship program? How will the program they choose affect employment opportunities and earning abilities? Which options should they choose?
To begin, it may be useful to ask your clients why they want to take an education or training program. If they know where they want the training to take them, it's much easier to decide which program will get them there.
Learning and training resources
If your clients are still planning their careers, these resources will help you investigate and compare Alberta’s many education and training options:
- Adult Back to School Planner
Learn everything an adult needs to know about going back to school.
- Apprenticeship in Alberta
The apprenticeship trades let you earn while you learn.
- Certificate, Diploma, Applied Degree, Degree...What's the Difference?
The difference in these qualifications can affect your learning options.
- Choosing a post–secondary program
Many different institutions offer similar education and training programs.
- Education and Training Planner
Know what your education and training options are in Alberta.
- Many Training Paths Develop Skills and Knowledge
Find many ways to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to make your next career move.
- Time to Choose...A Post-Secondary Education Program
Get up–to–date information on what programs are offered and where.
Easy Reading Training for Work
This work-related guide uses stories and exercises to help Albertans with low literacy skills get the training they need to succeed in the labour market. Easy Reading Training for Work contains information on alternatives to the traditional full-time classroom setting such as mentoring, volunteering, self-study, short-term courses and on-the-job training to help boost employability. This publication also explores different learning styles, advantages and disadvantages of various training options, and where to look for training opportunities.
If your client is already working but wants better employment choices, these programs support workplace training:
Work Foundations provides full– and part–time basic skills training so clients can find better jobs.
Academic upgrading provides classroom training to unemployed or marginally employed adult Albertans. Students can obtain Grade 10 to 12 through the Work Foundations program. The program allows your clients to:
- Find employment
- Pursue further training in apprenticeship, technical, business, college, or university programs