Microsoft, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), HCL Technologies Canada and Sobeys have launched a new iteration of the Canada Skills Program to provide accessible digital skilling opportunities at no cost.
The programme was originally launched in September 2020 and has since helped over 30,000 students in diploma, degree and continuing education programmes to achieve valuable Microsoft Certifications in cloud, data, and artificial intelligence (AI), according to Elka Walsh, national education and skills lead for Microsoft Canada.
This next iteration of the programme will bring further skilling opportunities to more than 1,600 students, helping them to graduate with in-demand AI, data engineering, cybersecurity and cloud skills. RBC, HCL Technologies Canada and Sobeys will support with Micro-credential projects, technical, and career mentorship opportunities to help students further their careers and enhance their skills.
“When people think of the future of work, and what it takes to be successful, digital literacy is paramount to individuals reaching their full potential,” said Mark Beckles, vice-president of social impact and innovation at RBC. “Coming together with Microsoft, RBC, HCL and Sobeys proves the importance of creating and expanding access to these skills for young people across the country and delivering on our commitment to the digital-first future.”
The seven post-secondary institutions participating in this phase of the Canada Skills Program include University of Victoria, Red Deer College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Seneca College, New Brunswick Community College, Nova Scotia Community and University of Calgary.