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


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

Virtual Learning Strategist (VLS) is an online learning platform that pairs each learner 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 may affect their performance.

The learning strategist will provide the apprentice with an informal assessment and a personalized learning plan will be developed to meet the needs of the apprentice. This may include support services provided directly by VLS, or may refer the student for formal assessment and/or other academic support.

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

ECE is accepting 30 applicants for the Virtual Learning Strategist pilot program. To apply, interested apprentices can contact a Career Development Officer through their EEC Regional Service Center.

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“This program demonstrates this government’s commitment to meaningfully improving outcomes for NWT students, which is critical to the long-term success and prosperity of NWT and Territory residents. The program will give NWT apprentices a better chance of succeeding in their apprenticeship and will help increase the number of skilled and qualified professionals in the trades in the NWT.

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

Fast facts

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

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Briony Grabke

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Ministry of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

[email protected]

867-767-9352 Ext. 71073

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