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Get into IT

Creating a Diverse and Innovative Industry

Are you unemployed or underemployed, and identify as from an underrepresented community in tech?
Looking to switch careers, learn something new, or expand your existing skillset?

Designed to support learners who have traditionally faced barriers entering Nova Scotia’s tech sector, Get Into IT is a no-cost program for training and upskilling Indigenous Persons, Black Nova Scotians, persons of African Descent, racially visible individuals, persons with disabilities, immigrants, and women. Learners from these communities are invited to become active members of Nova Scotia’s tech sector and contribute to a diverse and innovative industry.

Our training programs are developed based on industry hiring needs, industry consultations, and labour market data. The 25-week programs are self-paced, entirely virtual, and designed to be taken without disruption to daily commitments, at just 5+ hours a week. In addition to technical content, Get Into IT also provides its in-depth professional development support, career and job-search advice, and opportunities to network with, and learn from established professionals within the tech sector.

Choose from our two online self-directed tech programs below and build the skills necessary to find work in the exciting tech industry!

IT Support Specialist

Cybersecurity Analyst

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Who is eligible for this program?

Get Into IT is a no cost program for training and upskilling Indigenous Persons, Black Nova Scotians, persons of African Descent, racially visible individuals, persons with disabilities, immigrants, and women. Participants must be 18+, unemployed or underemployed*, have a high school diploma, GED certificate or a referral from a community organization, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and are a Nova Scotia resident.

This program is designed for people who have a significant interest in exploring a new career path in the tech sector. Our programs are 25-weeks in length and require participants to complete 5+ hours of course content on average per week. You are also expected to attend regular 1-1.5 hour career support and live-demo sessions over Zoom.

What is the commitment?

Programs are 25 weeks in length and require you to complete 5+ hours of course content on average per week. Participants must also be available to attend most of the following virtual sessions:

  • Live career development sessions on either Mondays or Wednesdays at 6:00 pm AT
  • Live demonstrations with our Teaching Assistants on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm AT (IT Support Specialist Program only) or Thursdays at 7:00 pm AT  (Cybersecurity Analyst program only)

How do you define unemployed or underemployed?

This refers to individuals who have job instability and/or lack of working hours, are working in sectors or regions that are undergoing shifts and changes that may result in job loss, workers who have been displaced due to lack of work/industry changes or individuals who have low literacy. It also includes precarious workers who are those in need of new skills to find employment, such as those in temporary employment or self-employed.

What is the cost of the program?

This program is entirely free of cost for approved applicants. It is made possible through generous funding from the Government of Canada’s Nova Scotia Department of Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI).

How do you define underrepresented communities in tech?

Underrepresented communities in Nova Scotia’s tech labour market include Indigenous Persons, Black Nova Scotians, persons of African Descent, racially visible individuals, persons with disabilities, immigrants, and women.

Can people who are not from an “underrepresented group” join this program?

The Get into IT Program is designed to to upskill and support unemployed, underemployed, underrepresented and precarious workers in Nova Scotia. We encourage all applications to self identify within their application and explain how they are eligible and how they would benefit from the program.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for the Get Into IT program, DNS runs a number of other programs which are designed to help participants launch a career in the tech sector. Please visit the “Projects” section of Digital Nova Scotia’s website for a complete overview of our other programs that are currently offered.

I am not a permanent Canadian or Nova Scotian Resident but I have a work permit, am I eligible?

Get Into IT is funded by the province’s Department of Labour Skills and Immigration to support residents of Nova Scotia who have traditionally faced barriers entering Nova Scotia’s tech sector and address the need for quality ICT professionals in Nova Scotia. The objective of this program is to ensure that participants can become permanently employed in Nova Scotia’s tech sector upon the completion of the program.

Unfortunately, those who currently only have Canadian work permits will be unable to become permanently employed because all work permits have an expiry/end date. The only way to work in Canada permanently, or for an unspecified length of time, is to acquire permanent resident status.

Why are the IT Support Specialist and Cybersecurity Analyst programs being offered?

The IT Support Specialist and Cybersecurity Analyst training programs have been selected after an in-depth data collection and industry member consultation process. 

Industry labour market data on the hiring needs of the tech sector has been provided from NSBI, as well as Digital Nova Scotia’s Board and association members. Results from the data and information collected demonstrated that these specializations are two of the most in-demand entry-level positions in Nova Scotia’s tech space. 

Who is going to teach the technical content of the program?

We have partnered with Coursera to offer this self-paced, virtual skills training program. The IT Support Specialist program has been designed to prepare students for the CompTIA A+ certification exams and the Cybersecurity Analyst Program has been designed by IBM. 

Program participants will also receive weekly course-based support from our Teaching Assistants through weekly Live Demo sessions and Office Hours. 

Can I access program content after the program ends?

You will only have access to the Coursera online content during the 25-weeks that the program is running.  

How will this program help me with future employment?

This 25 week program allows participants to obtain the necessary skills to succeed in an entry-level position within the tech sector as an IT Support Specialist or as a Cybersecurity Analyst. 

The Get Into IT program also provides participants with career development support, which will help to identify and strengthen career goals and navigate the workforce with confidence. This career building support includes making use of LinkedIn, resume and cover letter writing, and building interview skills. For more information on the career building component of this program, click here.

Other job titles could include:

IT Support Specialist:

  • Help Desk, IT Support Technician, Jr. Information Systems Specialist, IT Service Desk Analyst, Technical & IT Support, Deskside Support Specialist

Cybersecurity Analyst:

  • Security Analyst,  Information Security Analyst, Cyber Security Project Coordinator

Are there any other things that Get Into IT offers besides the self-directed virtual courses?

Yes! We also host live sessions on our Zoom platform, including our orientation session, weekly live demo sessions with your Get Into IT Teaching Assistant, and professional development sessions provided by career development experts. 

You will also have access to a Slack channel that will provide you with helpful course resources and tips and will allow you to connect and engage with other learners of this program.

How does the program and course certification process work?

For the IT Support Specialist program:
This program is split into eleven courses, including Hardware, Operating Systems, Storage, Peripherals & Printers, CLI, Mobile Devices, Troubleshooting, Networking, Cloud & Virtualization and cybersecurity. At the end of the program participants will have to ability to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

For the Cybersecurity Analyst program:
This program is split into eight courses with participants receiving a shareable certificate from IBM upon completion of each course. Participants will also receive an IBM Cybersecurity Analyst Professional Certificate upon successfully completing the final program assessment at the end of this program. 

Are all the sessions recorded?

Yes, all live sessions are recorded. You can find them on our Get Into IT Vimeo platform. We will share the video links a few days after each session and they will be posted on the program Slack channel as well. 

Do these courses offer support for languages other than English?

Yes. These courses are delivered in English, however, the Coursera platform offers subtitles in the following languages:

IT Support Specialist Program:

  • English, Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, German, Russian, Spanish

Cybersecurity Analyst Program:

  • English, Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Italian, Vietnamese, German, Russian, English, Spanish

Where can I contact you if I have any questions or concerns?

You can email us at getintoit@digitalnovascotia.com.