Microsoft Partner Network, are you looking to expand and diversify the talent pool within your organizations? In today’s workforce, the digital and information, communication technology fields (ICT) are growing at a constant rate. To keep up with the demand for skilled professionals in these positions can pose a challenge for recruitment. If you are interested in learning more about a unique opportunity to grow your team through a new initiative with a trusted Microsoft nonprofit partner, be sure to continue reading!

Changing demographics are having an impact on Canadian businesses. As the demand for skilled labour continues to grow, Canada is also becoming home to a greater immigrant population. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) works with newcomers to equip them with the skills and information they need to help them successfully enter the Canadian digital economy. As a business in Canada, you have a unique opportunity to connect with a highly skilled pool of newcomers through ICTC’s various immigration initiatives!

By 2021, there will be a demand for 216,000 ICT workers. ICTC’s various immigration initiatives help broaden employers’ understanding of staffing practices and the benefits that Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) have to offer in the Canadian labour market. IEPs bring a strength to Canadian organizations through diversity in their education, training, on-the-job skills, and life experiences, ultimately benefiting existing business practices.

About ICTC

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is the leading source for evidence-based policy advice, forward looking research, and creative capacity building programs for the digital based economy.

About the Digital Equity and Employability Pathways program (DEEP)

ICTC, in partnership with Microsoft Canada, has established a program that will create pathways to 21st-century jobs, and encourage successful integration in the digital economy. Canadian companies are seeking digitally skilled employees more than ever before. This program will bridge the digital divide for job seekers who are looking for an opportunity to add to their existing technical skills and diversify their professional experience.
This one-year, innovative employment-readiness initiative, also known as the Digital Equity and Employability Pathways (DEEP) program, will work with Newcomers, and Refugees and Indigenous communities from across the country in an effort to connect Canadian employers with newly trained and upskilled individuals looking to grow their careers in an ICT or digital field in Canada.

Preparing Job Seekers for the Workforce

Job seekers who participate in the DEEP program will work through a series of virtual courses provided by both ICTC and Microsoft. By completing these courses, DEEP participants will enhance and expand their current skill set, ultimately helping to prepare them for a career in today’s digital-based economy. All individuals are given access to an online portal where progress through the courses can be tracked and completed.
Courses provided by ICTC will focus on the enhancement of job seeker soft skills. Through workshops like Effective Communication, Leadership Abilities, Social Media Presence, Networking and more, potential employers can be assured that these professionals are prepared to enter the Canadian digital workforce through technical and soft skills training.

Based on previous experience and technical skills, a Microsoft voucher from the Microsoft Career Pathways Program is identified and assigned to each professional. Upon completion of this course, in conjunction with their already defined qualifications, the outcome is an upskilled individual who is ready to be successfully integrated into the ICT and digital workforce.
Supported by research from ICTC, selected areas of concentration for these Microsoft Certifications include:

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Data Science

For more information on these fields of study, please refer to these reports from the Information and Communications Technology Council:

Cybersecurity Talent 2017-2023
Artificial Intelligence in Canada
Smart City Priority Areas and Labour Readiness of Canadian Cities

Connecting Employers with Job Seekers

As a partner in the DEEP program we will work to connect your organization with job-ready individuals whose skill sets align directly with your occupational requirements. As a partner, you will receive access to JobSite, an exclusive job board designed specifically with employers in mind. Through this job board, organizations will be able to post job postings, and provided access to a unique list of recently upskilled professionals looking to succeed in higher demand ICT and digital positions. With the help of ICTC, employers will be directly matched with potential employees who are well suited for the employment opportunities.

If you’re looking to diversify your organization and onboard newly trained and qualified individuals, please reach out to the DEEP team at ICTC. We are eager to help make the connection, and start bridging the talent divide in the digital economy!

Keep up to date on upcoming DEEP events such as webinars, careers fairs, and to learn more about the work that ICTC is doing, visit their Events Page.

Click here for more information and to participate in the DEEP program