Providing a hands-on, industry-aligned education has long been a priority for Canada’s polytechnics. Institutions are continually re-evaluating their approaches to training and course delivery, responding to industry demand and learner preferences. At the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), this evolution has reached skilled trades programming – one of the most traditional learning pathways on offer. The institution recently introduced a fast-track pathway to apprenticeship that includes a focus on employability skills identified by industry as critical.
Polytechnics Canada sat down with NAIT’s Dean of Skilled Trades, Matthew Lindberg, to discuss what’s changed.