Post-Secondary Education Branch

The Post-Secondary Education Branch is responsible for supporting the delivery of post-secondary education in the province through Memorial University, the College of the North Atlantic, and private training institutions. The Branch is also responsible for adult learning and literacy, the provision of financial assistance to post-secondary education students, and programs and supports for apprenticeship & trades certification.


The branch provides:

  • oversight of the public and private post-secondary education in the province, including institutional and industrial education;
  • support to the Council on Higher Education;
  • policy development;
  • student financial assistance;
  • skills development;
  • coordination of planning and advancement of adult literacy; and Adult Basic Education


  • administering provincial and inter-provincial Red Seal examinations
  • registration and certification of apprentices
  • curriculum development for apprenticeship training and Adult Basic Education
  • regulation of private training institutions
  • student financial assistance
  • post-secondary data analysis, research and policy development; and,
  • participation on provincial and pan-Canadian committees


  • Public and private post-secondary education institutions
  • Post-secondary students
  • Adult learners
  • Individuals in repayment of student loans
  • Literacy/ABE providers
  • Employers
  • Special interest groups
  • Government departments and agencies
  • General public


Assistant Deputy Minister: Candice Ennis Williams

Telephone: 1-709-729-3026
Fax: 1-709-729-2828