NAIT is following the direction of Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education, who has indicated that work-integrated learning, clinical, and practicum placements should continue in order to minimize the impact on student learning and to fulfill competency requirements.
There is no greater priority than the safety of our students and staff. We will continue to monitor our various WIL environments and make decisions in collaboration with the experts at Alberta Health Services, Advanced Education and other post-secondary institutions to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.
Alberta Health has implemented public health orders restricting mass gatherings, certain businesses, and other non-essential services to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19. With the variety of work-integrated learning and practicum placements, NAIT's programs are actively working with industry partners to continually assess risk in each work environment on a case-by-case basis and comply with public health orders as stipulated by Alberta Health.
For students who will continue their practical training in essential services, we continue to follow appropriate public health measures as stipulated by Alberta Health in addition to industry health and safety protocols. Our programs with students currently in WIL or practicum placements, including those in higher risk situations like front line health care, are strictly adhering to these protective protocols to mitigate potential risks of exposure to infection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If public health measures or NAIT's risk assessments change, each program will respond quickly to advise students of these changes and discuss alternative options. Students with specific concerns about their WIL or practicum placement, should speak to their instructor or program chair directly.