Tech Skills Initiative

Are you unemployed? Convert your skill-set and join Calgary’s tech talent pool with our no-cost Information and Communication Technology training and work placement initiative. 

Structure

This comprehensive 26-week (6.5 month) initiative combines 16 weeks (4 months) of full time training with 10 weeks (2.5 months) of work placement. All components of the Tech Skills training initiative are being delivered online until further notice.

Start Dates

Tentative dates for 2021 intakes are listed below:

Monday, February 8, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021

Training Topics

You will be required to identify your area of interest when completing the application form; please indicate in the application narrative which one of the training topics you are interested in and why you are choosing to pursue a career in this area. Potential topics that lead to industry-recognized certifications and credentials could include:

  • Business analytics
  • Computer programming
  • Database administration

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for the training program if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • You are unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hours per week)
  • You are an established Albertan and you have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident status 
  • You are EI eligible *

    * EI eligibility is determined by meeting one of the following criteria:
    - You are collecting active regular EI benefits OR
    - You have recently been laid off and will qualify to receive EI benefits OR
    - You have had an EI benefit period that ended within the previous 5 years OR
    - You have paid sufficient employee premiums to the EI Account in at least 5 of the previous 10 calendar years

Application Process

1.  Complete an online application form and upload your resume
2.  Complete a phone screening and an intake interview
3.  Complete three formal skills assessments: workplace essential skills testing (TOWES), Microsoft Office testing (Word and Excel), and IT aptitude testing 

There are a limited amount of program seats available. Only those who demonstrate that they are the best fit will be selected for an interview.

The October intake is now full and in progress.  Applications for the February 8, 2021 intake will next be considered starting November 9, 2020. Applications received from May to October have been kept on file; there is no need to reapply; the last day for new applications for February consideration is January 15, 2021. If you have not been directly contacted by January 22nd then your application was not selected for an interview for the February intake. There is a large volume of applicants due to the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce. Thank you for your interest and your patience.

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Information for Employers

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Tech Skills Initiative Participant Bios Cohort 1

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Tech Skills Initiative Participant Bios Cohort 2

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Tech Skills Initiative Participant Bios Cohort 3

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Tech Skills Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Us

School of Continuing Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

Phone: 403-476-2223
Email: study@bowvalleycollege.ca

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