May 21, 2024


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Public Advisory: Apply Now to Train for an In-Demand Career With Skills Development Funding

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Public Advisory: Apply Now to Train for an In-Demand Career With Skills Development Funding

The Provincial Government is encouraging individuals eligible to receive funding to attend post-secondary training for an in-demand career to apply now for the Skills Development program. Under the program, students may receive funding for tuition, books, cost of living supports, child care and other education related costs, making these benefits amongst the most generous in Canada.

Those who may be eligible include:

  • Individuals receiving Employment Insurance; or
  • Unemployed individuals without the necessary hours to receive Employment Insurance, but who have had a previous claim within the last five years, or paid Employment Insurance premiums in five of the last ten years.

With funding provided through the Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement, this government invests approximately $140 million each year to train and upskill Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. There are many exciting and burgeoning employment opportunities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, including expanding mining operations and nine potential multi-billion dollar wind to hydrogen projects in development, making now an ideal time to pursue training for careers with job openings.

Forecasts estimate that in the next ten years there will be 16,500 job openings in trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations. For a list occupations with the highest forecasted job openings with training programs available in Newfoundland and Labrador, please see the backgrounder below.

Individuals interested in developing an employment plan, applying for training, and determining their eligibility for funding can begin the process by completing a Request for Service form and submitting to [email protected]. Assessments can take between four to six weeks to complete, so those looking to begin a program of study in September are encouraged to get started as soon as possible.

More information on the Skills Development program can be found at



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Forecasted Job Openings 2023-2032 that Have College Programs in Newfoundland and Labrador

Job Type Forecasted Job Openings 2023-2032
Retail and wholesale trade managers 2,600
Administrative, property and payroll officers 2,137
Transport truck driver 1,576
General office support workers 1,323
Administrative assistants 1,290
assisting occupations in support of health services, including dental 1,248
Building maintenance installers, servicers and repairers 1,196
Carpenters and cabinetmakers 1,133
Longshore workers and material handlers 817
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers 765
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 615
Medical laboratory technologists and technicians 227


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