Vancouver’s ProCogia has partnered with one of the most comprehensive indigenous training providers in Canada to give indigenous teenagers an insight into what a career in Data & Analytics would entail.
Equal representation at ProCogia is something CEO Mehar Pratap Singh firmly believes in, so a partnership with ACCESS is a natural fit.
ACCESS is a non-profit society whose aim is to increase indigenous participation in the labor market. ACCESS serves to enhance human resource development and the sustainable capacity of the urban Indigenous population in Greater Vancouver through the provision of employment and training services.
Through a modern blend of interdisciplinary programs across industry sectors, ACCESS is dedicated to supporting urban Indigenous people in overcoming employment barriers and finding rewarding career opportunities.
“Our partnership with ACCESS will give indigenous teenagers an insight into what a career in Data & Analytics would entail. They will also learn various coding best practices from our team of data consultants so we hope they will leave with some new skills too,” Mehar told Techcouver.
Senior Data Science Consultant, Ned Booker established the partnership with ACCESS after running local evening ‘coding for kids’ sessions at the Urban Native Youth Association in Vancouver.
“It feels great to give back to the community in some way and share something I am so passionate about. Our hope is through our programs we inspire more indigenous individuals to pursue further education in STEAM subjects and onto careers in the tech industry,’ Ned shared.
In the coming months, Ned and his team will be teaching indigenous individuals basic python syntax and coding, how to use external libraries & make graphs as well as data analysis techniques at intensive three-day coding workshops during the summer vacation.
If you would like to contribute to ACCESS’s mission, please reach out to Jas Bhela to find out how you or your organization can help