PCDC was first discussed by a group of Calgary Service Providers in 2000. We were then a loose group of professionals, all holding Provincially and Federally funded projects, and open to sharing our commonalities in the work we had chosen to do for unemployed Albertans.
We explored the benefits of the work that we do, and the current challenges.
We gently explored our levels of trust, and our ability to share openly while maintaining a convivial competition in the RFP process. We examined the pros and cons of working together over time, and the potential to improve services for clients. During this process, we realized that each of us had an excellent relationship with our contract funder(s), that there was a comfort zone for each of us to speak independently with the various government representatives, but that sometimes the problems that we saw were too big to deal with by one company alone.
It was at that time that we decided to work together under the banner of PCDC. The concept was presented in Edmonton to similar Service Providers, and the two chapters of PCDC were born.
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.
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
Chair: DeVera Nybo
Treasurer: John Corie
Director: Jason Loewer
Director: Shelley Pregetzer
Director: Jill Dean
Director: Shirley McBride
Director: Tarina Dueck
Director: Admasu Tachble
PCDC is a provincial association that is comprised of three local councils in the Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer 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.