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Labour Education Applied Research North (LEARN) is a joint initiative created in 1995 between the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) and a group of northern Alberta post-secondary institutions. Currently, the partner institutions are: Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Portage College, and Northern Lakes College.

The role of LEARN is to:

  1. Provide the partners with labour force and economic information to help them identify new training programs, or modify, suspend, or terminate existing programs. This research informs decision-making regarding student funding and related matters.
  2. Investigate matters of community and/or economic development as they relate to the member institutions’ business.
  3. Report and investigate industry trends, specific occupations, and training opportunities, as well as other related topics such as demographic trends and community needs.

 In addition to research, meetings with industry representatives are periodically held to inform the partners about current and future labour force needs. LEARN also serves as a potential forum for further communication and cooperation between the colleges.

LEARN research reveals high demand for IT skills in Northern Alberta

Findings from a recent study conducted on behalf of Labour Education Applied Research North (LEARN) showed that there is, and will continue to be, a high demand for IT skills in Northern Alberta’s key sectors, including agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and the public sector. Skills needs range from basic knowledge of information technologies in the workplace, to more advanced skills related to cloud technologies, cyber-security, and data analytics. Click to view full report here.

LEARN reports can be found here