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About the Department

The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour works to ensure the province has a highly educated and skilled workforce to meet evolving labour market demands. This includes creating a climate which is conducive to economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity. This is achieved through a range of services and supports including:

  • helping employers with accessing and keeping skilled workers;
  • working with employers, employees, and unions to foster a positive employment relations climate;
  • providing programs and supports for apprenticeship and trades certification;
  • increasing the recruitment and retention of immigrants;
  • promoting diversity and multiculturalism;
  • supporting the delivery of post-secondary education through Memorial University of Newfoundland, College of the North Atlantic and private training institutions;
  • administering the student financial assistance program;
  • offering career development and planning services as well as employment and training supports, and information about the labour market;
  • providing programs and services to promote adult literacy; and,
  • delivering income support and other financial supports.


A province where citizens are educated, skilled, and supported to be employed within a positive workplace environment.


The mandate for the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour is to:

  • work collaboratively with employers and communities to increase immigration;
  • help individuals to obtain the educational, employment, financial and social supports needed to achieve the greatest benefit from current and future economic opportunities in the province;
  • encourage effective relationships between employers and employees through the administration and enforcement of applicable legislation; and
  • support post-secondary education and literacy to ensure that graduates are able to fully participate in and contribute to their communities.

Lines of Business

The Department provides a range of programs and services to build a stronger economic foundation, which includes: supporting post-secondary education; encouraging attachment to the labour force; helping to meet the province’s labour market needs; supporting individuals when they require assistance; and working with employers, employees and unions to create positive employment relations. Programs and services are grouped in the following areas:

  • Employment Supports and Career Services - career counseling, wage subsidies, apprenticeship and trades certification supports, job searches, pre-employment readiness, as well as training and skills development.
  • Workforce Development - supporting employers with recruitment, retention, and human resource planning; providing workforce policy support; as well as supplying individuals with labour market information and trend analysis on labour market opportunities.
  • Immigration - nomination of eligible newcomers for permanent residency, engaging with employers and community stakeholders, delivering multiculturalism awareness activities, and providing recruitment and retention supports.
  • Labour Relations - facilitating the settlement of collective agreements, providing dispute resolution services, appointing arbitrators, and providing workplace training.
  • Labour Standards - ensuring compliance with minimum terms and conditions of employment.
  • Post-Secondary Education - training supports, tuition supports, apprenticeship, skilled trades certification, student financial assistance, student assessment, adult literacy, as well as supporting the delivery of post-secondary education.
  • Income Supports and Basic Benefits - monthly benefits, earning supplements, and one-time benefits.


Employees within the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour support the following values:

  • Partnership - Employees are committed to building collaborative and constructive relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Professionalism - Employees are highly trained and committed to providing quality services.
  • Respect - Employees are committed to ensuring the views of others are clearly understood and represented in a fair, neutral, and dignified manner.
  • Sustainability - Employees act in a way that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

Primary Clients

The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour currently serves several broad groups of clients:

  • Employers and employees
  • Apprentices and tradespersons
  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • Post-secondary educational institutions
  • Immigrants and expatriates
  • Individuals under-represented in the workforce
  • Community organizations
  • Sector groups and industry associations
  • Low income residents
  • Governments and government agencies
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