Canadian Workers to Receive High-Demand Skills Training Through Innovative New Platform

Published on November 28, 2023

NAIT is pleased to announce the launch of the Clean Energy Professional Upskilling program. The Clean Energy Professional Upskilling program is powered by Upskill Canada, and is part of the first wave of partnership agreements that are taking an industry-oriented approach to supporting Canadian workers. These agreements will help thousands of workers find new careers through skills training and job placement in some of the fastest-growing industries in Canada.

NAIT’s Clean Energy Professional Upskilling program spans 16 weeks, offering comprehensive education on the production, distribution, safety, and application of clean fuels. Initial weeks cover key concepts in clean fuels and the hydrogen economy, engaging students with real-world scenarios like feasibility planning for carbon capture and conversion. The program delves into the operation and maintenance of carbon capture and utilization facilities, concluding with hands-on, work-integrated learning assignments with industry partners. These placements enable students to showcase their knowledge to potential employers and apply acquired skills in actual workplace settings.

This subsidized initiative, which begins on January 15, 2024, equips students with technical expertise and hones their soft skills, positioning them for success in advancing their careers within the dynamic clean energy sector.

Supported by funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) Upskilling for Industry Initiative, more than 15,000 Canadian workers will benefit from an innovative approach to skills training. Central to the Upskill Canada initiative is the role of community training providers, who work closely with local and national employers to identify precise suites of skills being sought by industry. Equipping workers with these skills will create new career pathways for Canadians and better position Canadian companies to compete both domestically and internationally.


“The Clean Energy Professional Upskilling program presents an exciting opportunity for both current and aspiring energy professionals — equipping them with essential skills and experience for success in the rapidly growing clean energy sector. This program reflects NAIT’s intensely industry-focused approach, which delivers exceptional talent and critical innovation.” – Laura Jo Gunter, President and CEO, NAIT

“We’re so proud to formally launch Upskill Canada with our inaugural class of workers and training service providers. This is a big first step – but it’s only the beginning. We’re looking forward to working with our supporters in government and industry to upskill many more Canadians, so they can transition into high-demand roles in the modern workforce – and help fast-growing companies achieve their full potential.” – Rhonda Barnet, CEO of Palette Skills, which was chosen by ISED to run the Upskill Canada initiative

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About Upskill Canada

Upskill Canada is a national talent platform that helps fast-growing companies access the talent they need to compete and succeed globally while creating new career pathways for workers to rapidly transition into high-demand roles. Upskill Canada will target all regions of the country and support Canadian-based employers, with a particular focus on small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It will focus on strengthening key growth sectors, including digital technology, cybersecurity, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, clean technology and biomanufacturing.

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads help fuel the economic engine of the province. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping businesses and communities become more competitive through industry-driven applied research and corporate training. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, industry partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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