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 training with 10 weeks (2.5 months) of work placement. All components of the Tech Skills training initiative are being delivered online until further notice.

Start Dates

Tentative dates for 2021 intakes are listed below:

Monday, February 8, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021

Training Topics

You will be required to identify your area of interest when completing the application form; please indicate in the application narrative which one of the training topics you are interested in and why you are choosing to pursue a career in this area. Potential topics that lead to industry-recognized certifications and credentials could include:

  • Business analytics
  • Computer programming
  • Database administration


You are eligible to apply for the training program if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • You are unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hours per week)
  • You are an established Albertan and you have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident status 
  • You are EI eligible *

    * EI eligibility is determined by meeting 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

Applications are now being finalized for the September 20, 2021 intake. The last day for new applications for September consideration was August 27, 2021. If you have not been directly contacted by September 10, 2021 then your application was not selected for an interview for the September intake. The September 2021 intake is the final cohort for TechSkills; no intake dates are available for 2022. Thank you for your interest.


Information for Employers

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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 Participant Bios Cohort 3

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

  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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