Government of the Northwest Territories launches new online platform to support apprentices

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Yellowknife — August 11, 2022

A new pilot program launched by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will support apprentices who face challenges with formal learning, technical training, and exam preparation.

Virtual Learning Strategist (VLS) is an online learning platform that pairs each apprentice with a Learning Strategist. The Learning Strategist will work with the apprentice to identify challenges  such as skill gaps, learning disabilities, exam anxiety, and individual factors that could affect their performance..

The Learning Strategist will provide the apprentice with an informal assessment and a customized learning plan will be developed to support the apprentice’s needs. This may include support services provided directly through VLS, or may refer the student for a formal assessment and/or other academic support.

Funded through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the GNWT’s participation in this initiative will provide essential support to students pursuing a career in the trades.

ECE is accepting 30 applicants to the Virtual Learning Strategist pilot program. To apply, interested apprentices may contact a Career Development Officer through their local ECE Regional Service Centre.


“This program demonstrates the commitment of this government to improve outcomes for NWT students in a meaningful way, which is critical to the long-term success and prosperity of NWT residents and the territory. The program will give NWT apprentices a better chance at successfully completing their apprenticeship and will help to increase the number of competent and qualified trades professionals in the NWT.”

  • R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) will continue to implement the NWT Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupation Certification (ATOC) Strategy 2017-2022. The strategy sets out goals, objectives, and key actions intended to improve and strengthen the existing apprenticeship and occupation certification program in the NWT.
  • It has been projected that demand for qualified trades professionals will remain high in the NWT, and across Canada for many years to come.
  • The Virtual Learning Strategist program is used in other Canadian jurisdictions.

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Briony Grabke

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

867-767-9352  Ext. 71073