Skills For Hire Applications Open – Launch a Career in Tech!Skills For Hire is a digital skills and career building training program designed to help fill the need for qualified entry-level talent in the tech sector in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. The program has been developed through a partnership between Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) and Bluedrop Learning Networks (BLN), and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program. Skills For Hire is now accepting applications for 3 learning programs including web design and development, user experience design and cyber security.

Skills For Hire Program Details & Eligibility

Launch a career in tech with a free, self-directed online learning program. Each learning path includes job search and workplace productivity skills training, a virtual Career Kickstarter course, opportunities to hear from subject matter experts, and an interactive slack channel to prepare participants for an entry-level career in tech.

The programs flow at a pace determined by each individual participant, but to get the most from the experience, these programs are designed to be completed within 6-10 weeks.

To be eligible for the Skills For Hire program, applicants must be:

  • Current residents of Nova Scotia or Newfoundland & Labrador
  • At least 18 years old
  • Hold a high school diploma or a GED
  • Interested in a career in the tech sector

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Choose from 3 Learning Paths

Web Design & Development

Application deadline: September 11, 2020
Course begins: September 21, 2020

The first step to creating effective websites is to learn the coding languages that tell a browser what to display on a user’s screen. This learning path covers HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and front-end web design and development basics. While there are many ways to create websites with drag-and-drop templates, employers expect professional web designers to be fluent in coding languages to create custom-built websites and web-based applications.

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User Experience Design

Application deadline: September 28, 2020
Course begins: October 6, 2020

This learning path covers the UX (user experience) design process: strategy, research, design and user testing. Participants will learn how a solid UX strategy can increase an organization’s value in the long term, and how a product can be both functional and enjoyable to use through a step-by-step guide of the design process.

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Cyber Security

Application deadline: October 12, 2020
Course begins: October 21, 2020

The cyber security learning path has two courses: Survey of Information Security, and CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501).

In the Survey of Information Security course participants will learn fundamental information security concepts such as confidentiality, integrity, and availability, as well as cryptography basics.

The CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501) series will teach participants how to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks and devices. Participants who complete the course will be able to perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques, as well as participate in risk mitigation activities and operate with an awareness of policies, laws and regulations.

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Project Partners and Funder

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About Digital Nova Scotia

Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is the industry association for Nova Scotia’s $2.5 billion ICT and digital technologies sector. Our programs, events and opportunities enable us to connect our digital community and proudly promote its successes. Through skills development, capacity building, industry events, strong partnerships, and the promotion of IT opportunities, we are supporting our sector as it continues to grow, evolve and thrive.

We are a membership-driven organization. Our members range from start-ups and SMEs to large multinational corporations, universities and colleges, government, and non-profits. We pride ourselves on connections. Connecting industry leaders through networking events and roundtable discussions, connecting industry with talent through our opportunities portal, and connecting with national organizations to increase the profile of our sector and province.

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About Bluedrop Learning Networks

Bluedrop Learning Networks (BLN) is a Canadian software as a service (SaaS) company with nearly three decades of domestic and international experience in the areas of health and safety certification management, workforce training, and virtual service delivery.

Bluedrop’s flagship product, SkillsPass, is a training delivery and certification management platform, that delivers and validates skills and credentials across large multi-stakeholder environments, such as provinces or states. Accordingly, SkillsPass has been designed to exceed the highest government standards for individual privacy and data security.

Presently the SkillsPass platform has been adopted in 5 Canadian provinces and is trusted by over 2 million individual users.

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This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.

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