Merit Contractors Association is committed to developing Alberta’s construction workforce.
On February 12, 2018 the Government of Alberta released an article regarding a new bidding policy for construction contractors. As apprentice’s training occur on the job, Alberta aims to increase work opportunities by requiring public infrastructure projects to utilize apprentices in the 11 construction-related trades. Visit the Government of Alberta article for more details.
To ensure our industry’s continued success, there are the Merit Educational Initiative Grants.
In order to build the construction sector with new, energetic and skilled employees, Merit annually meets with several school representatives throughout the province. Merit looks for strategic partnerships to provide Alberta students with viable learner pathways, in-demand job skills, and career opportunities in the skilled trades industry.
2015-16 Educational Initiatives Partners:
Centre High Campus
- Created a Skilled Trades Introduction Program
- Hired a trades liaison coordinator
Northern Lights School Division
- Opened a construction lab in Cold Lake Middle School
- Provided funding for a trades learning centre.
Kainai High School
- Created an introduction to construction program.
SAIT and Calgary Board of Education
- Created a dual credit plumbing program
Red Deer Junior High and High Schools
- Offer teachers hands-on professional development experiences
Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions
- Funded a safety boot camp