The mission of the Private Career Development Contractors Association of Alberta is to provide a platform for the education and employment training sector to share information, best practices, and develop solutions to common issues and challenges.
It was at that time that we formally decided to work together and in 2006 the Private Career Development Contractors Association of Alberta (PCDC) was incorporated, ensuring that PCDC has a defined structure, that our mission, vision, goals, and objectives were transparent to members and government officials alike, and that we were recognized as a legal provincial entity.
The Objectives of the Private Career Development Contractors Association of Alberta are:
- To assist its members to maintain excellence in training and support services in Alberta
- To provide a provincial forum to identify emerging needs in career development, community-based training, and employment services
- To advocate the government regarding issues identified by members and their clients, in order to enhance and improve services
- To work in collaboration with government and industry to meet labour market needs and client’s employment needs
- To identify common interests and collaborate with other members of the society in addressing common interests
- To identify and address common issues in providing employment services
- To support the development of standards of quality in employment services
- To share information on best practices
PCDC is a provincial association that is comprised of three local councils in the Calgary, Edmonton, and Central Alberta regions. Each local council meets as PCDC members for their respective areas; typically on a monthly basis. Local discussions and focus vary from region to region based on the membership of each group and the variation of Alberta Works contracts. Challenges that are identified at the local level are shared through the provincial board meetings to explore whether these are mutually experienced across the regions. If so then these can be brought forward for provincial representation on behalf of PCDC members. If challenges are local in focus then regional groups look to seek solutions with local government stakeholders. A number of local projects are also coordinated through the regional councils; including the Connections events and joint forums with government. The Council Chairs of the three local groups act as provincial board members; along with other members at large.
PCDC Provincial Board of Directors
2021-2022 Provincial Board of Directors
Joe MacKay, BGS Career Ventures, Provincial Chair
Jolene Van Vliet, Employment Placement and Support Services, Provincial Vice-Chair
Heidi Brandley, Manpower, Treasurer
Chris Thomas, Talent Pool, Secretary
Jill Dean, Careers in Transition
Debbie Green, Bredin Centre
Kevin McNichol, Prospect Human Services
Jason Loewer, EmployAbilities