Collaborating to make Canada the go-to country for brainpower resources for the global digital economy.
TECHNATION’s Future Workforce Development (FWD) team works with visionary business leaders, the public sector and educators to develop and implement a talent strategy designed to motivate young people to select technology-related careers, and to improve the availability and quality of post-secondary tech-related education. FWD has proven that tech sector employers will invest in partnership with government to create the strategically important skills to fuel growth. Through powerful collaboration, TECHNATION has improved the education of thousands of students, and brought together the immense power of stakeholders.
Our ambitious action plan includes:
- Increasing the share of under represented groups such as women and Indigenous Canadians in tech innovator jobs by 25 per cent.
- Ensuring 100 per cent of post-secondary graduates have at least one 3-month work integrated learning.
- Strengthening and continuously updating post-secondary general and professional programs in all fields to include Information and Communications Technology (ICT) proficiency.
- Future-proofing career transition programs for changing technology and labour market needs.
- Providing elementary and high school student ICT and STEM literacy opportunities and programs.
Here are some of our current programming activities:
Advocacy and Public Policy
TECHNATION’s FWD advocacy and public policy efforts focus on improving the talent pool, skills and diversity of the tech sector. We also raise awareness at all levels of the government for the need to expand the pool of qualified technology talent in the Canadian market to improve our country’s productivity and competitiveness globally.
Business Technology Management (BTM)
In collaboration with industry and academia, we developed the Business Technology Management (BTM) program in 2009, which helps bridge the gap between business and information technologies using state-of-the-art technology and methodologies. The program is now offered in over two dozen accredited post-secondary schools across Canada, and boasts an 11 per cent year-over-year growth.
Business Technology Management (BTM) Forum
In 2017, the BTM Forum was formed to create a leading-edge organization for professionals with business and technology acumen. In addition to providing certification and program accreditation, the BTM Forum focusses on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance the domain of professional practice.
As part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Integrated Learning Program, the Career Ready program matches technology and business students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them on the path to a bright and successful career. Wage subsidies of up to $7,000 per work term are available.
Diversity and Inclusion
Given their prominent number in the Canadian labour market, effectively tapping into the supply of well-qualified women, internationally-educated professionals, Indigenous People, and Persons with Disabilities will go a long way to help address current and projected labour shortages in the ICT sector, and to help companies achieve their competitive goals. TECHNATION’s diversity and inclusion programs, such as our Gender Diversity program and our partnership with Discover Ability Network are helping to address some of these gaps in the market..