Future Workforce Development (FWD) is a collaborative, targeted approach to digital skills leadership
TECHNATION’s Future Workforce Development unit (formerly ITAC Talent) was formed in 2014 following a merger with the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills (CCICT). It seeks to achieve practical solutions to some major challenges: a need to increase ICT-related enrollments; consistently low female participation in ICT; and significant shifts in demand – against the backdrop of a growing need for every industry to embrace tools and methods of the knowledge economy.
We have a track record of success in designing and implementing evidence-based, innovative solutions to Canada’s ICT skills challenges and priorities. We have partnered with dozens of leading organizations in the tech sector, as well as other influential sectors including: banking, retail, professional services, manufacturing, and many other sectors
National leadership for Canada’s tech skills agenda, policy and program development
Our mandate is to:
- Provide national leadership to ensure that Canadian employers, in all sectors of the economy, have access to information and communications technology (ICT) professionals with the talent and skills that they need in a rapidly changing technology and competitive environment. This is the “talent agenda” that shapes the overall mandate.
- Execute on an evidence-based national talent vision and strategy.
- Formulate and advocate for government, education, non-profit, and private sector policies and initiatives.
- Operate innovative, national talent programs.
- Take actions to significantly advance diversity goals – particularly with respect to gender and Indigenous Canadians – as a core objective of the talent agenda.
While there are many ICT talent initiatives across Canada, there is a need for overarching national leadership, including new initiatives and partnerships with existing ones. We believe TECHNATION is well positioned to be that leader.