Tag: Information Technology Association of Canada

National tech industry association launches cybersecurity Alliance to build talent in Canada

Enabling collaboration between government, academia and industry partners

Mississauga, ON (May 15, 2019) – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Cybersecurity Talent Alliance (CTA). Developed in collaboration with Canadian leaders in technology and education, the Alliance will address the growing need for cyber professionals across Canada. The mandate is to bring awareness of Canada’s cyber talent needs, and to encourage students from a young age to incorporate tech-related learning into their studies.  This will be accomplished through programs and innovative tools that enhance recruitment, hiring practices and the development and retention of cybersecurity talent.

The formation of the Alliance is part of a larger ITAC initiative, the result of a three-year $1.9M grant through the Government of Canada’s Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) ministry that will look at the development of a skills framework for cybersecurity, as well as associated certification and program accreditation standards, and workforce development tools and outreach activities to assist both skilled tech-related professionals and employers. ITAC will also conduct research to review the state of artificial intelligence (AI)-related education in Canada, with a view to developing a growth strategy for the undergraduate type talent pipeline, through the over-arching initiative and grant.

Partners in the Alliance include:

ITAC response to CBC report regarding talent shortage in Newfoundland & Labrador

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.

Inspiring Youth

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) …