Innovation, productivity, inbound investment and global competitiveness across our economy depend on the quality, breadth and adaptability of Canada’s tech talent. People with the right tech skills create their own opportunities and are a magnet for international investment.
On May 10, the CBC shared a report out of Newfoundland and Labrador, that speaks to a talent shortage in Newfoundland and Labrador. The article states that “tech is growing fast in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to industry group NATI, there are 3,990 people in this province working in tech and the sector generates $1.6 billion in revenue annually…. Despite this province’s high unemployment rate (11.5 per cent in March) …will almost certainly have to recruit outside of [the province].”
ITAC’s role in addressing this issue
ITAC’s vision is to grow Canada’s highly qualified, diverse tech talent force, well beyond projected demand to maximize growth, innovation and competitive leadership. A winning plan for Canada is to train and employ a high share of our workforce in advanced tech-based products and services of all kinds, and to digitally supercharge every sector of our economy. As a marquee objective, ITAC has called on the Government of Canada to provide public leadership in growing the country’s highly qualified professional (HQP) ICT workforce, across all sectors of the economy, from 550,000 in 2018 to 750,000 by 2025. ITAC is actively working to help achieve this workforce development goal.
Today, fewer than half of high school students graduate with senior STEAM courses despite the fact that 70 per cent of Canada’s top jobs require this type of education[i]. ITAC spreads the word about ICT careers through its award winning CareerMash program, focused on high school students.
Strengthening Post-Secondary Education
ITAC also assists in strengthening post-secondary general and professional programs in all fields to include ICT proficiency. The ITAC Business Technology Management (BTM) program was created in 2010 and has increased enrollments in BTM post-secondary programs five-fold since its launch.
In 2017, ITAC started its Career Ready Work Integrated Learning (WIL) …