SIAST Expands Access for Apprentices in North
An expansion to SIAST Woodland Campus in Prince Albert has increased access to technical eduation for apprentice electricians in northern Sasktachewan. The $2.4 million project was cost-shared through the federal and provincial governments’ Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
This investment created jobs for people in Prince Albert at a critical time, while improving the infrastructure that SIAST will need to maintain its reputation as an innovative leader. Our government’s support for the knowledge economy has not only made a difference in the short term but also set the foundation for future prosperity.
The project involved a 6,500-square-foot addition that includes shop, classroom and office space. The space accommodates three of the four levels of electrician apprenticeship training. Previously, only the first two levels were available at SIAST in Prince Albert.
Apprenticeship enrolment at SIAST has increased almost 60 per cent over four years to more than 5,000 apprentices. This year, the organization expects to train more than 1,300 electrical apprentices alone. Of these, almost 500 will be trained at SIAST Woodland Campus.
SIAST is Saskatchewan’s primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and innovation. Through program and course registrations, SIAST serves 26,000 distinct students with programs that touch every sector of the economy. SIAST operates campuses inMoose Jaw,Prince Albert,ReginaandSaskatoon, and provides a number of courses and programs through distance education.