Jason Kenney, Premier.Image by National Post

Albertans are encouraged to consider nominating someone who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to their trade and to apprenticeship and industry training.

The Alberta Trades Hall of Fame is part of the government’s Skills for Jobs agenda, which includes a commitment of more than $20 million to support and expand skilled jobs and apprenticeship education. Nominations can come from any Albertan: someone in industry, education, an apprentice or someone who simply knows a person who should be recognized for their contributions to the skilled trades and apprenticeship education.

Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education said that the skilled trades are a foundational part of Alberta’s economy. I am pleased to open nominations for the first-ever Alberta Trades Hall of Fame. These awards will help celebrate the skilled trades professions and honour Albertans who work everyday to support the growth and success of skilled trades and apprenticeship across the province.

Jason Kenney, Premier has said that we need to send the message that trades make a huge contribution to our prosperity. Our province has literally been built by brilliant tradespeople and it is past time that we begin to honour their commitment to excellence. It’s also critical that we send a message to young Albertans that a trade certificate has every bit as much value as a university degree.

Nominees to the Alberta Trades Hall of Fame will be those extraordinary Albertans who have made a difference in their fields, who have worked hard to build our province and provide leadership in the development of our highly skilled workforce. They will be the people who have provided the education and mentorship that continues to raise the quality of our province’s skilled trades and certified professionals.