Advanced Skills Centre

Building the future for skilled trades & technology talent

The Advanced Skills Centre will raise the profile of apprenticeship education and technology-based programs in Alberta, attracting greater numbers of apprentices and technologists to create future talent with the skills to propel the economy forward. 

The Advanced Skills Centre will:

  • Provide a 640,000 square foot state-of-the-art trades & technology learning space

  • Expand admissions capacity in 4 critical industry sectors of construction, transportation, advanced manufacturing and energy

  • Expand capacity to train up to 4,200 more apprentices

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Designed in partnership with industry, NAIT’s state-of-the-art Advanced Skills Centre will attract and graduate the workers critical to growing and diversifying the province’s economy.

The future belongs to those who are prepared to make the right decisions today to reap the benefits of tomorrow.

Mike Burt, Vice President & Global Director Climate and Energy Dow Chemical

Simply put, NAIT’s Advanced Skills Centre is the right solution at the right time.

We have a real opportunity to tackle Alberta’s skilled labour shortage.

Steve Lenarduzzi, President of Clark Builders

Our vision for the Advanced Skills Centre

The Centre will expand NAIT’s capacity to deliver trades and technology programming in alignment with the future needs of Alberta’s economy. Our vision is for the Centre to deliver the most comprehensive, leading-edge apprenticeship and technology-based education.

Located on Treaty 6 Territory on the north side of Main Campus, the Centre will be the foundation on which Albertans build the skillsets to accelerate Alberta. As the home to a transformative, diverse, and inclusive skills training experience, the Centre will:

  • Increase connectivity between programs to better simulate the realities of the workplace, providing students with a broader understanding of workplace dynamics and how their chosen career intersects with other professions

  • Adapt to deliver new programs and skills, including upskilling and reskilling, to support changes in  labour market demand

  • Provide a more flexible and adaptable learning space to meet the evolving needs and demands of industry

  • Serve as a vibrant hub for K-12 partners, community groups, and industry to showcase trades and technology careers to the next generation of learners including under-represented groups

  • Transform our existing skilled trades and technology infrastructure by expanding and enhancing the ability of current programs to integrate new technologies and to create operational efficiencies

Recognizing the importance of Indigenous perspectives

NAIT is working with Naheyawin, an Edmonton-based Indigenous-owned social enterprise organization to support our engagement with Indigenous communities. Ongoing and meaningful engagement opportunities will be built into the design and planning of the Advanced Skills Centre from now until completion.

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Connected to industry and community

A project of this scale can only succeed if key stakeholders and partners are engaged early to understand and provide feedback on our plans. NAIT's broad industry engagement strategy continues to validate the critical need for the Advanced Skills Centre.

NAIT is building stakeholder support for the project by acknowledging the significant workforce challenges faced by businesses, industries and sectors. Only through the Advanced Skills Centre will NAIT be able to address these workforce challenges, in support of our industry partners and the communities they serve.

Share your voice

For the Advanced Skills Centre to come to fruition, NAIT needs the support of our valued industry and community partners, both as champions and advocates. Please use your voice and help us share the need for the Advanced Skills Centre to meet the needs of the growing industries in our province.

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