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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is decreasingly about traditional desk-bound programming and increasingly about new 21st century careers for professionals who display leadership and innovation.

The profession is coming of age and the role of the ICT professional is changing rapidly as their influence spreads from technology departments to every facet of an organization’s operation.

The traditional ICT department, as a support function dedicated to providing technical solutions to problems defined by the business, is disappearing. It is being replaced by multidisciplinary professionals who are transformation partners, spread throughout organizations to power new levels of productivity and competitiveness.

Employers are increasingly recognizing the critical need for these new breed of professionals who have a much greater blend of business, technology and management skills to ensure every organization can exploit the full potential of ICT.

The unique BTM model puts employers at the core of the degree. Employers define the learning outcomes and competency standards in line with the skills and abilities they need in their businesses now so graduating students have a greater chance of meeting these needs and gaining employment.

Students engage with employers throughout the duration of the program, gaining insight into the types of jobs they may want to follow, and develop the critical skills they need to be work-ready on graduation.

Schools have access to employers for both course creation and delivery, so their programs remain current and achieve outstanding employability rates.

The BTM program is now established in 18 post-secondary institutions (2015) with enrolment applications increasing 24% a year and expansion planned into colleges, polytechnics and continuing education.

“Youth are our future and it is important that they are provided with opportunities that encourage innovation, creativity and build essential skills. BTM programs prepare students for exciting careers and provide the skills that leading employers are looking for.”

– Gina van Dalen, Senior Program Manager, ITAC Talent

 

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This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program