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Reskilling for the New Economy

Explore a number of training programs for professionals looking to transform the digital economy in Calgary:

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EDGE UP (Energy to Digital Growth Education and Upskilling Project) is a short-duration, experiential-based learning program for mid-career Oil and Gas professionals who have been displaced from the Oil and Gas sector in Calgary. By building on your existing skillset and experiences, EDGE UP will help you take advantage of high-demand, high-growth digital technology employment opportunities across all industries in Calgary. Learn more about EDGE UP and how to participate here.

Find out if you are eligible ▶

Calgary Economic Development collaborated with Information & Communications Technology Council (ICTC) to create this skill matching tool, Calgary Upskill, to help navigate the digital shift and make sure your skills match those for in-demand occupations. 

Use this Upskill tool to get started on your career transition journey. ▶

Software Development:

Data Analysis:

UX/UI Design:

Fullstack Development:

Developer and Cloud Technology:

Network Specialist:

Web and Software Development, Cloud and Big Data, Sharepoint:

IT Project Management & Business Analytics, Microsoft SQL Queries, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals:

Digital Marketing:

Video Game Design:

Blockchain, Machine Learning, AI, IoT:

Training & Education

Calgary is home to world-class post-secondary and training institutions to further your education and training:

Calgary’s post-secondary educational landscape is alive with variety and possibilities.

Its institutions offer diverse experiences such as distance learning, travel study, practicum, internships and apprenticeships in addition to learning in an academic setting. Programs cater to international students and those interested in lifelong learning, as well as students fresh from secondary school.

Calgary has seven major universities and colleges, offering a variety of world-class programs:

  • Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is the only degree-granting college of art and design in the prairie provinces, and one of only four such schools across Canada. Its 1,300 students pursue studio-based four-year bachelor degrees in fine arts or design in 11 disciplines ranging from Visual Communication Design to Glass, and its doors are open to over 2,500 extended studies students from across Calgary every year.
  • Ambrose University College offers professional ministry degrees (both undergraduate and seminary). In addition, Ambrose’s 600-plus students can pursue Bachelors of Arts, Education, Music and Science.
  • Bow Valley College (BVC) is Calgary and region’s largest Comprehensive Community College, with 17,500 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College is a leader in business, health, community studies, technology, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning. They provide career programming that will get you the skills and confidence you need to get a job in the most in-demand industries in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. 
  • Mount Royal University (MRU) provides a variety of programs and courses including bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates for its 12,000 students with a focus on providing quality teaching and small class sizes.
  • SAIT offers skill-oriented education to more than 70,000 registrants each year, with credentials ranging from apprenticeships to baccalaureate degrees. Students choose from programs in eight schools, including construction, health and public safety, business, engineering and hospitality.
  • St. Mary’s University is an innovative teaching and research university that provides affordable, accredited and highly valued degrees in the Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education. Through the pursuit of knowledge and service to the community, we prepare our students to become lifelong learners, engaged citizens and compassionate members of society.
  • The University of Calgary serves over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students in diverse areas, from business to veterinary medicine. The university has achieved international renown for research in the areas of biomedical engineering, energy and environment, and public policy.

Alberta Works

The goal of Alberta Works is to help unemployed people find and keep jobs, help low-income Albertans cover their basic costs of living, and help employers meet their need for skilled workers.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Employers can get up to 100% of training costs reimbursed when hiring and training eligible employed Albertans (up to $15,000 per employee).

Need more information?
Jeanette Sutherland

Jeanette Sutherland

Director, EDGE UP

Cell Phone: (587) 227-7712

Office Phone: (403) 221-7898


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