Digital Essential Skills for Employment – Self-Assessment Platform – Digital Nova Scotia – Leading Digital Industry

Digital Essential Skills for Employment – Self-Assessment Platform


Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is looking for a technical development partner to design and build a web-based platform focused on assisting job seekers. The tool would allow job seekers to self-assess their digital competencies against those required for the top jobs in their industry to determine their level of preparedness and/or what areas of training and development are required to transition into those specific roles.

The chosen technical development partner should have 5+ years of experience in the areas of web development (design and best practice principles), database development and integration as well as a solid understanding of UX Design theory and implementation.

Project Overview

The Digital Essentials Skills for Employment project is funded by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program through the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration. The goal of projects within the RPL program is to build capacity in Nova Scotia by assisting non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, immigrant serving agencies, employment support providers, and other stakeholders to develop tools, programs, and services that facilitate the assessment and recognition of what learners and workers already know and can do to support entry and advancement in educational pursuits and/or the Nova Scotia Labour Force.

The need for digital competencies within our workforce has been increasing throughout the years, but it is within the last couple of years that there has been an undeniable call for assistance. With much of our world pivoting to remote work due to Covid, various sectors have identified challenges when understanding the digital competencies of their employees. The Digital Essentials Skills for Employment project will impact a broad demographic and support a range of sectors to assist employers and employees with a framework for assessing and developing digital competencies.

About Digital Nova Scotia

Digital Nova Scotia is the industry association for Nova Scotia’s $2.5 billion ICT and digital technologies sector. Program events and partnerships enable DNS to connect to the digital community and promote its successes. Through skills development, capacity building, industry events, collaboration, and promotion of IT opportunities, DNS supports the ICT and digital technologies sector as it continues to grow, evolve, and thrive. As a membership-driven organization, DNS engages with all stakeholders from start-ups and SMEs to large multinational corporations, universities and colleges, government, and other non-profits.

Platform Overview

The structure and content of the self-assessment platform/tool will be based on the digital competency frameworks (DCF) being created in partnership with our third-party research associates. The platform will be used to confirm existing competencies, identify learning needs for advancement, support hiring and recruitment efforts, and assist with performance management. The self-assessment results will recognize pre-existing essential digital competencies and provide clear learning paths to help close any digital skills gaps. An example of a similar tool that exists today is the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform:


The RFP is dated September 8, 2022. Proponents may also request a copy be sent via email by contacting Robert Poirier at Proposals are due by 9:00am AST on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Proposals will be evaluated immediately thereafter. During this time, we may require interviews with our evaluation team. You will be notified if this is requested. The name of the partner firm that has been selected will be decided on or about October 6, 2022.

Response Deadline

September 29, 2022


September 28, 2022 - March 3, 2023

Contact for Offer

Robert Poirier


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