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About the Department

The department focuses on:
  • helping people find jobs and plan their careers
  • helping youth and students to develop leadership skills and to pursue post-secondary education opportunities
  • supporting the development of highly skilled trades people
    • Apprenticeship and Trades Certification section
  • supporting employers to increase access to the workers they need
  • attracting immigrants and supporting communities to welcome them
  • providing financial support to people with little or no income
  • enhancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society
  • leading a strategy to reduce poverty
  • supporting people during disasters

The Department of Advanced Education and Skills helps people with accessing post-secondary education, planning their careers, finding jobs, getting financial assistance, and immigrating to the province. The department supports employers in accessing and keeping skilled workers; works with organizations to develop leadership opportunities for youth; assists people during disasters; and coordinates strategies to: reduce poverty, to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society, and to promote multiculturalism.


The Department of Advanced Education and Skills:

  • Helps citizens obtain the necessary educational, financial, and social supports to achieve the greatest benefit from the opportunities that exist in the province
  • Ensures the province has skilled workers and highly educated graduates to support a fast-growing economy, by collaborating with MUN, CNA and private institutions
  • Works to meet labour market demands and increase labour force participation through a variety or programs and services for citizens and under represented groups such as Aboriginal people, women and people with disabilities


Growth through employment, strength in diversity, dignity by inclusion


By 2017, the Department of Advanced Education and Skills will have improved the quality and the delivery of supports and services.

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Lines of Business:

The department fulfills its mandate through the following lines of business:

  1. Employment supports and career services
  2. Labour market development
  3. Post-secondary education and learning
  4. Policy development, review and input on cross-government initiatives
  5. Income supports and basic benefits

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There are approximately 700 staff (approximately 74% female and 26% male) working in 34 locations around the province. Fifty-two (52) per cent of employees are located in offices in the St. John’s Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). This includes sites at Confederation Building, the Viking Building, Coughlan College at Memorial University, and Avalon offices in St. John’s and Mount Pearl. The remaining 48 per cent are located in offices throughout the province.  Please call if you have any questions or concerns.

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Primary Clients

The Department of Advanced Education and Skills was established with the aim of improving coordination in the development and delivery of employment and training supports, increasing the skilled workforce of the province, providing supports and information on labour market opportunities and continuing the delivery of social supports and services to individuals and families. Accordingly, the Department of Advanced Education and Skills currently serves six broad groups:

  • Individuals and families
  • Post-secondary students
  • Employers
  • Post-secondary educational institutions
  • Governments and government agencies
  • Community organizations and service providers

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