Department of Career and Life Skills Training, Professional Development and Entrepreneurial Innovation.
The Department’s mission is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge that is necessary to tackle the challenges of today and to prepare them for the changes of tomorrow. The department undertakes this mission by providing training pathways to affordable, easily accessible, high-quality education to any person that wishes to learn.
Throughout 2020, The Royal Alberta College (RAC) conducted research: “The RAC-ICTR (Intercultural Competency Training Research.” The process included in-depth consultations with more than 110 small, medium and large industry stakeholders across Canada and outside academics.
The research determined that “[…] short-courses and micro-credentials that are created in collaboration between industry and academic institutions (that have a focus on career training) is one of the best methods to prepare learners to be: 1.) Job-ready, or, 2.) Enable a learner to achieve further success in their already established career, 3.) Enable a learner to be adaptable to the employers needs 4.) Enable individuals to pivot into different roles as the economy requires 5.) …Help individuals acquire the skills to become self-employed or as an entrepreneur […] ”
With the gained insight from the research, and more than 160 years of collective experience in providing educational and career guidance The Office of the Registrar formed relationships with key industry stakeholders, NGOs and governmental organizations and formed ad-hoc committees consisting of highly skilled professionals representing all stakeholders on a volunteer basis. These committees provided their expertise, identified gaps within various sectors and collaborated to create a solution to fill the needs of their sectors through the delivery of education, mentorship, job training and guidance in a non-confrontational, culturally sensitive, inclusive and supportive environment. Thus creating a foundation of trust for all invested stakeholders while providing training to learners.
All industry-led short courses provided by the RAC have been created with the objective for the learner to gain the needed knowledge without interfering with their current responsibilities and obligations. These programs are ideal for learners that are often pressed for time, juggling multiple responsibilities, and are sensitive to “wasted time.” Training provided shall provide an immediate benefit to the learner and be relevant to the task it is intended for.