Tech Skills Initiative to get more Albertans Working
Alberta Labour and Immigration has awarded Bow Valley College a two-year contract extension to provide Information and Communication Technology skills training and work experience to unemployed and underemployed Albertans at no-cost. In its first year, 50 learners participated in Bow Valley College’s Tech Skills to Employment initiative. This $1.4-million extension, with funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta, will see an additional 100 clients go through the comprehensive 26-week program, expanding their skill-set to join Calgary’s tech talent pool.
Unemployed or underemployed applicants who are EI eligible are encouraged to apply.
Dave Harvey, Dean of Continuing Learning at Bow Valley College, says in a province with a rapidly changing economy, this successful initiative responds to growing demand in the technology industry and a push to get more Albertans back to work. “This tech training and its relevant work placements will help fulfill a need for employers, but also help many Calgarians develop new skills or even pivot their existing skills to new sectors,” says Harvey.
Previous successful participants include David Laditan who was looking to enhance his skillset after earning a Masters of Engineering. Through the Tech Skills initiative, he developed skills in Python programming and in working with data visualization libraries. “The power of data to provide insights to challenging questions is fascinating to me, and I see its tremendous value in helping to make better business decisions,” says Laditan.
The Tech Skills initiative covers computer proficiencies, information technology competencies, and work experience. Participants will complete 16 weeks of full-time classroom study and industry-recognized certification which includes the IBM Skills Academy and Microsoft Technical Associate certification. That is followed by a 10-week long work placement with a tech company. The program also offers elective courses for individual career goals and strengths.
“Bow Valley College offers programming that ensures the skills gained and demonstrated by our learners align with what employers are looking for,” Harvey adds. “This Tech Skills training combines instruction with sector certification and valuable work experience so our learners practice their skills while expanding their network of potential employers.”
The next program intake is February 24, 2020, with another starting in June and a third in October. The goal is to have 150 clients trained by April 2022. Interested applicants and employers can visit the Bow Valley College Tech Skills to Employment landing page via www.bowvalleycollege.ca.
The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.
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Shannon van Leenen
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Bow Valley College
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