Suncor Energy invests in apprentices at SAIT Polytechnic
Blended learning apprenticeship programs receive $600,000 donation
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/14 -- Editor's Note:
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Suncor Energy today announced a $600,000 donation to SAIT (Southern
Alberta Institute of Technology) Polytechnic to support the
enhancement of the blended learning apprenticeship programs. Blended
learning allows apprentices in select high-demand trades to stay on
the job longer and still complete their education.
Originally launched in 2012 for plumbing, welding and electrical
apprentices, in 2013, the program expanded to include carpentry and,
in 2014, automotive service technicians. The funding support from
Suncor will allow SAIT to improve and develop additional online
curriculum. This in-house development of modules allows the option
for regular updates and improvements to training scenarios as
"Building a skilled workforce to meet the demands of our economy
isn't something that can be done by any one organization. It requires
ongoing commitment and partnership from post-secondary institutions,
government, and industry," says Ron Genereux, vice president, Major
Projects, Suncor. "That's why we are committed to investing in
initiatives that provide practical solutions to help build skills and
knowledge for our current and future workforce and to strengthen the
Blended learning allows apprentices to complete the theory portion of
their training online, reducing classroom time by up to 15 weeks, so
employers maintain their workforce, and students continue to bring
home a paycheck. Apprentices then complete lab work over a condensed
period at the SAIT campus.
The program was developed in response to the Government of Alberta
estimating the province could experience a labour shortage of
approximately 96,000 by 2023. Close to 3,500 of those workers are
expected to be in the five blended learning trades at SAIT.
"Suncor is helping SAIT make it easier for people to achieve their
apprenticeship training goals," says David Roberge, Dean of the
School of Manufacturing and Automation at SAIT Polytechnic. "The more
apprentices we can effectively train, the more opportunity we have to
prevent the projected labour shortage and fuel our provincial
A portion of the funds from Suncor will also support curriculum
development for the non-destructive testing program in the School of
Manufacturing and Automation.
For more information about Suncor Energy and our community investment
program, please visit our website at suncor.com/community.
Suncor Energy and the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) have a proud
history helping build sustainable communities through collaborative
partnerships that enhance the quality of life in key operating areas.
Over the past 10 years, Suncor and the SEF have invested more than
$137 million in charitable and non profit organizations across Canada
and internationally. The SEF is a private, charitable foundation
established to receive Suncor's contributions and support registered
Canadian charitable organization.
Suncor Energy is Canada's leading integrated energy company. Suncor's
operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional
and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product
marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly
develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing
renewable energy portfolio. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
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