Labour Education Applied Research North (LEARN)

 

LEARN is a joint initiative created in 1995 between the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) and a group of the northern Alberta post-secondary institutions. Currently, the partner institutions in this initiative are: Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Northern Lakes College and Portage College.

The role of LEARN is to provide the partners with labour force and economic information to help them identify new training programs, or to modify or cancel existing ones. The information also assists in making decisions regarding student funding, and other related matters.

LEARN reports investigate industry trends, specific occupations and training opportunities, as well as other related topics such as demographic trends and community needs. In addition to research, meetings with industry representatives are periodically held to inform the partners about the current and future needs in the labour force. LEARN also serves as a potential forum for further communication and cooperation between the colleges.

LEARN ACTIVITIES

LEARN provides partners with a broad scan of information about the north and produces detailed reports each year. The reports contain new information on trends and opportunities.  Projects are based on decisions made by the Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee meets on a regular basis for the purpose of discussion of specific topics. These meetings provide an opportunity to review research results and set new research initiatives. The Advisory Committee will also be able to determine the education and training implications of the work carried out by LEARN.  On occasion sector employees and experts will be invited to participate in committee meetings.  Their attendance may add insight into the analysis and conclusions of the research.

 

LEARN reports investigate industry trends, specific occupations and training opportunities, as well as other related topics such as demographic trends and community needs.  Here are the LEARN reports.