The Alberta government has struck a deal in principle with Ottawa on more money and flexibility for job training.

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney and his Alberta counterpart Thomas Lukaszuk signed the deal at the provincial legislature.

The deal renews the existing Canada Job Fund that provides $57 million a year to Alberta to provide skills training.

But $23 million of that will now go toward the Canada Job Grant.

The grant is a cost-shared program between government and business to train people to fill specific job vacancies.

There are about 220,000 job openings in Canada, a quarter of  which are in Alberta.