With Canada Facing an ICT Skills Shortage it is Critical that Youth are Inspired to Explore Tech Careers

Speakers at this Mon Nov 14th's CareerMash “Inspiring Tech Careers” Conference. Speakers from YouTube Space Toronto, Google Canada, Ubisoft Toronto, and JAYU

Speakers at this Monday’s CareerMash “Inspiring Tech Careers” Conference from YouTube Space Toronto, Google Canada, and Ubisoft Toronto.

November 11, 2016 by Jonathan Elias

Last year it was reported that 182,000 IT positions need to be filled by 2019 and that Canada lacks the supply to fill these critical IT related positions to remain competitive in the Tech sector.

Along with potentially not having enough IT practitioners to fill these position another critical issue is the disconnect between the IT skills that employers are demanding, and how quickly these skill demands are changing due to the rapidly evolving IT industry.

In order to address both the potential lack of IT talent and required IT skills in the future ITAC Talent has been hosting a series of events to inspire Youth to explore tech careers and obtain the required skills that employers are looking for. This includes the recent “BTM (Business Technology Management) TalentMash” events held in Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia, and Ontario over the last month, connecting employers with BTM students, spreading awareness about University and College BTM programs, creating a forum for BTM students to connect, and providing invaluable professional development opportunities.

This upcoming Monday November 14th ITAC Talent is hosting over 1,000 grade 9 and 10 high school students, over 20 exhibitors, and amazing keynote speakers at the 2016 CareerMash “Inspiring Tech Careers” Conference at The Living Arts Center in Mississauga to spread the word about the endless possibilities that exist in today’s tech careers, and inspire the next generation of tech workers. For more information about CareerMash 2016 visit: https://itactalent.ca/events/careermash.

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About ITAC Talent

As Canada’s national ICT business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with the advocacy, networking and professional development services that help them to thrive nationally and compete globally. A prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity, ITAC encourages technology adoption to capitalize on productivity and performance opportunities across all sectors. A member-driven not-for-profit, ITAC has served as the authoritative national voice of the $170 billion ICT industry for over 60 years. More than 36,000 Canadian ICT firms create and supply goods and services that contribute to a more productive, competitive, and innovative society. The ICT sector generates one million jobs directly and indirectly and invests $4.9 billion annually in R&D, more than any other private sector performer. For more information about ITAC visit www.itac.ca

ITAC Talent was formed in 2007 and our goal is to proactively address the long-term talent and skills requirements of Canadian businesses, government and organizations. We are creating the skills for the digital economy and growing the talent pipeline. We inspire young people to choose technology careers, help transform education to accelerate the flow of talented people from all backgrounds into technology careers, support diversity in the industry, and help shape public policy to support the growth of talent. For more information about ITAC Talent visit www.itactalent.ca or contact us at info@itactalent.ca.