In an effort to upskill thousands of Canadians, the Government of British Columbia is partnering with the Digital Technology Supercluster, NPower Canada, Microsoft Canada and Blueprint to collectively invest over $15 million to expand the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator program in B.C.
This investment will create equitable economic opportunity for up to 2,000 B.C. residents, between the ages of 17 and 30, access to first-rate training to develop skills that will prepare them for a range of careers in tech-enabled fields.
Inspired by the Microsoft Global Skills Initiative, which enabled 1 million Canadians to access new skills, the B.C. government is supporting the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator as part of its StrongerBC Future Leaders Program, which aims to help young people get connected to jobs that will help build back a stronger and more resilient B.C.
“The pandemic created additional challenges for young and underrepresented people to access the training opportunities to help them build their skills and find meaningful jobs,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Connecting underserved people to hands-on training and learning opportunities in the tech sector is critical to launch and grow their careers.
Through this program, our government is building a more inclusive, highly skilled and competitive workforce, which is vital to B.C.’s economic recovery.”
Since launching in early 2021, the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator program has helped 240 Canadians gain in-demand digital skills needed to confidently enter technology careers. More than 70% of participants of the Junior IT Analyst Program who graduated in May 2021 have already secured employment.
Applications for the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator Junior IT Analyst program and the Junior Data Analyst program are open until on January 24, 2022.