Province expands training opportunities for young British Columbians (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

Communications
250 883-2237

Nisha Lewis

Director, Marketing and Communications
NPower Canada
nisha.lewis@npowercanada.ca
416 988-9061

Jamil Karim

Director, Business Development and Client Relations, and Digital Supercluster Public Relations Representative
Switchboard PR
jamil@switchboard.ca
604 317-5786

Niveen Saleh

Communications Manager
Blueprint
NSaleh@blueprint-ade.ca
647 828-8757

Backgrounders

Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator overview

The Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator program is part of the Province’s StrongerBC Future Leaders Program, and supports economic recovery by providing valuable, in-demand tech skills to unemployed and underemployed youth and young adults (17 to 30) from under-represented communities.

The program is a collaboration between the B.C. government, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, NPower Canada, Microsoft Canada and Blueprint.

The Digital Technology Supercluster is an industry-led organization that connects digital technology market participants, from startups and small and medium-sized enterprises to post-secondary institutions and large multinational corporations.

Blueprint will co-ordinate with Microsoft Canada and NPower Canada to analyze the outcomes of the programs for participants and employers to see what can be improved as the program grows across Canada.

The expansion of Canada’s junior IT analyst and new junior data analyst programs will be key to developing knowledge in British Columbia’s IT sector. The two analyst programs were developed by NPower Canada, a charitable organization that launches young adults into meaningful and sustainable careers, and has recently been expanded to B.C.

Junior data analyst program

The new junior data analyst program is an intermediate-level program co-sponsored and designed in partnership with Microsoft Canada.

In this program, people will earn the Microsoft azure fundamental certificate, learn Excel, VBA and SQL fundamentals for data science, Python fundamentals and data structures, as well as an introduction to machine learning and A.l.

This program is ideal for an individual that has some interest or experience in SQL, Python or Microsoft Excel and likes to interpret data and SQL fundamentals for data science.

Junior IT analyst program

Delivered in partnership with Google, this instructor-led program equips participants with marketable skills for tech-enabled jobs.

In this program, people will earn the Google IT support certificate and learn in-demand skills that will have an individual job-ready in less than four months.

This program is ideal for an individual who enjoys solving problems, learning new tools and helping others. There is no requirement to have prior knowledge in IT to apply for this program.

How to Apply

To learn more about the junior data analyst program and to apply, visit: https://npowercanada.ca/junior-data-analyst-program/

To learn more about the junior IT analyst program and to apply, visit: https://npowercanada.ca/junior-it-analyst-program/.

Applications are open for both programs and will close on Jan. 24, 2022. Applications for the spring session are open until May 16, 2022.

Funding

The Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator program will provide youth with approximately 1,400 to 2,000 training spaces in B.C.

The investment is approximately $15.5 million over three years.

B.C. is investing $7 million through the Digital Technology Supercluster to support the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator in British Columbia.

NPower Canada is contributing $5.7 million, Microsoft Canada and Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster are each contributing $1.4 million.