The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to partner with IT World Canada to host the first National Business Technology Management (BTM) Student Competition between Schools represented by teams of two to five of their top senior year BTM students. With Canada experiencing a giant ICT skills shortage, needing 182,000 people to fill these IT positions by 2019, programs like the BTM (Business Technology Management) are critical to Canada’s future.
The Business Technology Management (BTM) program was introduced in 2009 at the undergraduate level in response to the feedback that new ICT graduates didn’t have the skills needed by businesses. Working together with academic institutions, industry and sector associations, ITAC Talent, a division of ITAC, defined a set of learning outcomes and competency standards required by industry, drawing heavily on relevant international standards for similar programs. Since its development in 2009 BTM has impacted thousands of graduates and is currently offered at 19 post-secondary institutions across Canada and another 23 are in development. BTM students have the highly sought after combination of both business and technical skills to make change happen. The have excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills, a keen understanding of how best to use technology, and the practical skills to put it all together in projects.
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