Training Alberta’s next generation
September 18, 2018 By Greenhouse Canada
With the horticultural sector in need of skilled labour, Alberta’s Green Certificate Program (GCP) may be one of the answers to this longstanding issue.
First developed in 1975, the agricultural training program was created to address labour gaps in the province. It’s delivered in an apprenticeship-style format as part of a student’s senior high school program, giving them hands-on experience and additional credit.
A number of agricultural specializations are offered, including the ‘greenhouse technician’ stream. Its curriculum includes establishing and maintaining proper growing conditions; seeding, rooting and transplanting propagation material; identifying plant problems; maintaining production quality; and marketing and selling product.
For those whose family operates a greenhouse or farm, the trainer can be a family member or relative. The certificate is granted upon successful completion of the curriculum requirements and regional testing.
Over 750 students participate in the GCP annually. The program is delivered by Alberta Education and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
For more information, visit the Green Certificate Program page
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