ITAC launches Career Ready Program, with Government of Canada Funding, to help SME’s access post-secondary work-term students

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ITAC launches Career Ready Program, with Government of Canada Funding, to help SME’s access post-secondary work-term students

1,100 New Work Placement Opportunities for Tech Available Until Early 2021

 Toronto, August 31, 2017 – The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, today announced funding to the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) as part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Integrated Learning Program to support matching business and technology students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Career Ready program will match current post-secondary students who are studying in the areas of Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike programs with SME’s across Canada over the next five years.

Career Ready was announced today at a launch event at D2L in Kitchener, hosting students from secondary educational institutions and business and education leaders. The Career Ready program is using the innovative Magnet Today matching technology platform, a technology that was developed and incubated at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone.

“Youth require a new diverse set of skills and talent to meet marketplace demand as digital skills cross all sectors,” stated Robert Watson, President and CEO, ITAC.  “There has never been a better, or more vital time, to recruit and invest in work integrated learning experiences such as coops and work projects.  ITAC applauds the Government of Canada’s recognition of the need to invest in work integrated learning opportunities.”

The program provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers. Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in STEM, indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may also qualify for additional funding (up to 70% or $7,000).

ITAC works closely with the work term department staff at the post-secondary institutions to help students and employers bridge the school-to-work transition and have formed a consortium in Ontario with Ryerson University, Seneca College, Centennial College and Sheridan College. Further consortium partners will be pursued in 2018. The Career Ready program will also be launched in British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 2018.

“Work-integrated learning is increasingly essential to help students gain the critical skills required to succeed in today’s labour market. For companies, it’s an opportunity to work with innovative students with a fresh perspective,” said John Baker, CEO of D2L. “We applaud the government for making this important investment to better integrate work and learning.”

About ITAC

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) has been the authoritative national voice for Canada’s $72 billion ICT industry for over 65 years.  As Canada’s National Business Association, ITAC champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada and is a vital connection between government, industry and academia and a prominent advocate for expanding Canada’s innovative capacity.   ITAC encourages technology adoption to capitalize on productivity and performance opportunities across all sectors.

ITAC Talent is a division of ITAC and has the mission to improve the talent pool through skills and diversity.  As part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Integrated Learning Program, the Career Ready program will match students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them on the path to a bright career. Current post-secondary students who are studying in the areas of Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike programs and are in an official work term program qualify for the Career Ready program.

www.itactalent.ca/careerready

About D2L

D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company’s cloud-based platform is easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, companies can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that companies can act in real-time to keep employees on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher educationK-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. www.D2L.com

Christine Leonard

Director, Communications

ITAC  |  Information Technology Association of Canada

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