Tech Skills Initiative

Are you unemployed? Convert your skill-set and join Calgary’s tech talent pool with our no-cost Information and Communication Technology training and work placement initiative. 


This comprehensive 26-week (6.5 month) initiative combines 16 weeks (4 months) of full time classroom training with 10 weeks (2.5 months) of work placement.

Start Dates

Monday April 1st, 2019
Monday June 3rd, 2019
Monday Sept 23rd, 2019

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Training Topics

You will be required to identify your areas of interest when completing the application form.  You will be placed in a pathway tailored to your individual career goals and strengths. Potential topics that lead to industry-recognized certifications and credentials could include:

  • Database administration
  • Computer programming
  • Business analytics
  • Network security
  • Virtual machine software


You are eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:
  • You are collecting active regular EI benefits OR
  • You have recently been laid off and will qualify to receive EI benefits OR
  • You have had an EI benefit period that ended within the previous 5 years OR
  • You have paid sufficient employee premiums to the EI Account in at least 5 of the previous 10 calendar years

Application Process

1.  Complete an online application form and upload your resume
2.  Complete an intake interview
3.  Complete formal skills assessments (workplace essential skills testing, Microsoft Office testing, and IT aptitude testing) 

Only those who demonstrate that they are the best fit will be selected for an interview.

UPDATE: Applicants are currently being considered for the September 23rd intake. If you have not heard directly from Bow Valley College by September 9th, then you have not been selected to interview. It is recommended to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being selected.

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Information for Employers

Are you an employer looking to get involved in the Tech Skills Initiative?

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Tech Skills Initiative Participant Bios Cohort 1

Recent participants in the program are featured here.

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Tech Skills Initiative Participant Bios Cohort 2

Recent participants in the program are featured here.

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Tech Skills Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering applying to the program? Read this first!

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Contact Us

School of Continuing Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

Phone: 403-476-2223

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