Authorities of Canada invests in coaching for info and communication know-how employees

Authorities of Canada invests in coaching for info and communication know-how employees

ST. JOHN’S, NL, Feb. 24, 2023 /CNW/ – Canada is residence to world-class info and communication know-how (ICT) expertise in analysis and improvement and in rising fields akin to synthetic intelligence, quantum computing and digital actuality. The alternatives are huge, however investments in coaching are wanted to keep up a powerful and resilient workforce that may meet the calls for of right this moment’s and tomorrow’s ICT sector.

At the moment, Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan Jr. introduced, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Improvement and Incapacity Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, that the Authorities of Canada is investing as much as $48.3 million within the digital ICT sector via the Sectoral Workforce Options Program.

  • Lighthouse Labs will obtain simply over $21.2 million for its ICT Increase mission, which can put together 1,700 people throughout the nation with digital and mushy abilities coaching to assist them enter the ICT sector or retain their present positions in an ever-changing area.
  • TechNL will obtain as much as $27.1 million for its Strengthening the NL Workforce: A Expertise Coaching and Upskilling Ecosystem mission, which can strengthen the Newfoundland and Labrador workforce by making a technology-focused coaching and upskilling ecosystem and supporting as much as 2,131 Canadians.

These initiatives will current options to recruitment within the ICT sector. By way of partnerships with specialised know-how data suppliers, coaching and upskilling shall be accessible to deal with present expertise gaps and enhance the know-how sector labour market. Versatile studying environments, psychological well being workshops and partnerships between academic suppliers and {industry} can be found to members of fairness deserving teams to make sure their success and to facilitate employment and retention. As well as, the funding will help variety and inclusion coaching for employers, job gala’s, and onboarding and retention helps. 

First introduced in Funds 2021, the Sectoral Workforce Options Program helps key sectors of the economic system to implement options that tackle present and rising workforce wants by funding organizations to ship sectoral initiatives that target a spread of industry-driven actions. These actions embody coaching and reskilling employees, serving to employers retain and entice a talented and numerous workforce, and different inventive options to assist sectors tackle labour market wants. It additionally helps equity-deserving teams by selling a various and inclusive workforce and offering wraparound helps as wanted to these dealing with boundaries to participation.


“The Data and Communication Expertise sector is quickly evolving. It’s important that we be sure that Canadian employees are well-equipped to grab alternatives on this rising area. By way of the Sectoral Workforce Options Program, we’re proud to investing in organizations like Lighthouse Labs and techNL, who’re serving to employees throughout Canada get the coaching and abilities they should meet the demand.”
– Minister of Employment, Workforce Improvement and Incapacity Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

Canada goes to guide the world in tech, and firms like techNL and Lighthouse Labs are the the explanation why. They will practice the workforce we have to take the sector to new heights. We’re simply giving them the instruments to get the job finished.” 
– Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr.

“The tech sector fuels the Canadian economic system, and it is important that we match the speedy development available in the market with future-thinking coaching alternatives. It ought to take nobody unexpectedly that there are boundaries to entry into tech, which has created an ecosystem that isn’t reflective of the inhabitants of Canada. At Lighthouse Labs, we wish to be sure that everyone seems to be nicely represented in designing and strengthening options for our more and more altering future. With the help of the Authorities of Canada, ICT Increase will work alongside our companions to offer abilities coaching to enter the workforce and empower college students to benefit from this booming {industry}.” 
Jeremy Shaki, CEO and Co-Founder, Lighthouse Labs

“The significance of know-how can’t be understated. Each {industry} and sector on this province is influenced by it and we’re very excited to proceed to construct on this province’s already spectacular tech sector. Individuals from all backgrounds will entry coaching and upskilling via the Discover Your Future in Tech program. We’re grateful to the federal authorities for this Sectoral Workforce Options Program funding, and likewise to the provincial authorities for his or her steady help for the tech sector. Discover Your Future in Tech will dispel the myths concerning the tech sector and encourage rewarding careers with limitless potentialities.”
– Florian Villaumé, CEO of techNL

Fast Info

  • As of fall 2022, Canadian employers have been looking for to fill over 1 million job vacancies. A big variety of vacancies (243,400) are within the skilled, scientific, technical, building and manufacturing sectors, which have been already seeing shortages earlier than the pandemic.
  • It’s anticipated that inhabitants ageing and declining participation will exacerbate labour shortages over the long run, with 600,000 employees who could retire over the following three years.
  • There are over 45,000 corporations within the Canadian info and communication know-how (ICT) sector, and the massive majority (over 40,000) fall inside the software program and laptop providers industries.
  • In 2021, the ICT sector’s share of the GDP was $104.5 billion (in 2012 fixed {dollars}), accounting for five.3% of the nationwide GDP and persevering with a development of taking the next share of the nationwide GDP. The ICT sector can be answerable for 15.3% of the nationwide GDP’s development between 2016 and 2021.
  • In 2021, greater than 717,590 people have been working within the ICT sector, accounting for greater than 3.8% of the Canada’s whole employment. 

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Authorities of Canada invests in coaching for info and communication know-how employees

For additional info: For media enquiries, please contact: Tara Beauport, Press Secretary, Workplace of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Improvement and Incapacity Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, [email protected], 343-576-1628; Media Relations Workplace: Employment and Social Improvement Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]