The tech sector in Nova Scotia continues to thrive and the need for entry-level talent remains a priority. The Get into IT pilot project is modeled after our highly successful Skills for Hire program, and provides digital skills training to under-represented groups across Nova Scotia. This program is designed to up-skill learners from underrepresented communities* to become active and qualified members of the province’s tech sector, and contribute to a diverse and innovative industry.
*As defined in Canada’s Employment Equity Act, underrepresented communities include women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities (non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour)*, and newcomers.
The fully virtual Get Into IT program will include:
Industry recognized tech skills training via video tutorials
Hands-on practice & portfolio building
Weekly office hours with a Get into IT Teaching Assistant
Bi-weekly Teaching Assistant led study groups
A Slack channel that is monitored daily, where we share valuable tips, resources, upcoming events, and networking opportunities
Mentorship from industry professionals in the field (in the form of panel discussions, Q&As and 1-1 meetings)
Tailored and personalized career support (resume writing, interview skill sets, networking, promoting yourself online, job search support)
Network, promote yourself, and gain solid advice from professionals in the tech sector with the help of Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program. We will also be including portfolio-building exercises in our program content, and the ability to share your work on GitHub.
Co-designed with our target communities in order to ensure we are meeting their specific needs and accommodations, our goal is to better understand the needs of each participant to provide extra levels of accountability, support networks, and ultimately successful completion of the program and eventual employment.