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.
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
Apprenticeship and Trades Certification
- Class Calls for Block or Level Training - The first round of class call packages are mailed to apprentices 40 Business Days prior to the start of a training block and will continue until a minimum number of students are confirmed (usually 6 students).
- Exam Accommodations (Apprenticeship Supports) - Approval for the exam will be emailed within 5 Business Days of the completed application being received. An accommodated exam will be conducted within 20 Business Days of an apprentice completing block or level training.
- Exam Marking Process and Grade Release - Grades are released 10 Business Days after exam dates, by 4:00pm.
- Exam Rewrite Opportunities - Exam rewrites can be conducted 20 Business Days after the original exam writing date. An exam rewrite date will be scheduled within 15 Business Days of submission of a Rewrite Registration Form.
- Self-Study Program - Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division staff will send an email to the apprentice or trade qualifier, confirming registration for the selected counselling session date and time, within 5 Business Days of receipt of the completed Self-Study Program registration form.
Employment and Training Programs
- Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant - 20 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application.
- Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) Projects and individual Supports - 25 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application.
- JobsNL Wage Subsidy - 20 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application.
- Linkages - 30 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application and after the application deadline.
- Skills Development - 20 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application.
- Student Summer Employment Program High School - 35 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application and after application deadline.
- Student Summer Employment Program Post-Secondary - 30 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application and after application deadline.
Income and Social Supports
- Income Support Program – Telephone Applications - Upon receipt of an Income Support application, the department will notify the applicant of a decision within 30 Calendar Days. This standard is conditional upon the applicant providing the department with all necessary information in a timely manner.
- Conciliation Services - Initial contact will be made with the employer and union within 5 Business Days of written notification of appointment of a conciliator officer being forwarded.
- First Collective Agreement Mediation - Contact will be made with the employer and union within 5 Business Days of written notification of appointment of a first collective agreement mediator being forwarded.
- Preventive Mediation - Initial contact will be made with the employer and union within 5 Business Days of written notification of appointment of a mediator being forwarded.
- Appointment of Arbitrators - Initial contact will be made with the employer and union within 2 Business Days of the request being assigned to a conciliation officer.
- Clearance Certificates related to the sale or purchase of properties or businesses - 3 Business Days.
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
- Provincial Nominee Program – International Graduate - Upon receipt of a completed application for International Graduate, the department will notify the applicant of a decision within 25 Business Days.
- Provincial Nominee Program – Skilled Worker - Upon receipt of a completed application for Skilled Worker, the department will notify the applicant of a decision within 25 Business Days.
Student Financial Services
- Full-Time Applications (for loans and grants)
- Online - 10 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application.
- Paper - 20 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application (Note: Paper applications require several additional steps which are avoided when applying online - i.e., resource allocation for manual data entry; additional time requirements to electronically scan, action and file paper applications received which is automatically done when applying online).
- Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities - 10 Business Days, upon receipt of a complete application.
- Appeals (for loans and grants) is 14 Business Days for Student/Parental Appeals and Medical Appeals.
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