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Presented by Tracy Biernacki-Dusza on behalf of the Focus on Information Technology program (FIT), an umbrella program developed by the Information and Communications Technology Council. …

Presented by Tracy Biernacki-Dusza on behalf of the Focus on Information Technology program (FIT), an umbrella program developed by the Information and Communications Technology Council. (ICTC)

This presentation was giving at the 3rd annual Futures in ICT Collaboration event hosted at SAIT polytechnic.

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  • NOTE TO TEAM:These bullets make up the boilerplate that should be included in all external presentations. It ties in FIT with ICTC and covers the key differentiators for FIT.
  • Source: C21 Canada. “C21 Presents: Shifting Minds. A 21st century vision of public education for Canada.” May 2012.Disengagement crisis among learners from traditional learning & teaching modules“The majority of students in the upper grades are not intellectually engaged in the classroom.”OECD, European Union, UNESCO and others have determined that multi-literate, creative and innovative people are the drivers of the 21st Century “We need Canadian citizens and their governments at all levels to understand the imperative for modernizing our educational systems to meet the new realities of the knowledge and digital eras.”Reinvigorating the Canadian educational system impacts economic, social, environmental and financial aspirations of Canadians.
  • Original Slide Content: By 2016, Canada will need more than 106,000 ICT workersSystemic shortage of soft skills required for a 21st Century ICT A pervasive mismatch between the capabilities needed by employers and the skills and experience of many ICT job-seekers.Youths are not choosing ICT as a career choiceNot perceived as fun, viable or profitable career choiceDo not see the opportunities available in ICTIt is no longer enough to be a technical expert: the industry now needs workers with multidisciplinary skills. ICT professionals are increasingly required to understand the business of their companies—the marketing, operations and HR management aspects, for example. Employers are on the hunt for personnel who have specific combinations of ICT experience as well as expertise in domains.In the next five years, Canada is going to see a new, radically different ICT job market emerge.By 2016, Canada will need more than 106,000 ICT workers.In most regions, there will be systemic shortages of ICT workers with the capabilities needed by employers.At the heart of these systemic shortages is a pervasive mismatch between the capabilities needed by employers and the skills and experience of many ICT job-seekers.The consequences of this pervasive mismatch will beSerious recruitment challenges for employers, andDrawn out and often frustrating job searches for many ICT job-seekers, especially those with <5years of experience. PLUS: Youth do not fully comprehend the opportunities available for those with an ICT background
  • Research in 2010 suggested the costs could be anywhere from 20% to 200%Survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 41% said a bad hire cost more than $25,000 and 25% identified the cost was over $50,000.Associated costs are anywhere between 20% to 200%Survey by Harris Interactive: 41% said a bad hire cost more than $25,000 and 25% identified the cost was over $50,000.Factors contributing to the cost of a bad hire:Writing and replacing a job ads, screening candidates, phone calls and emails, arranging and conducting interviews, checking referencesTraining, client impact, cultural impact, relocation, signing bonuses, and timeLess productivityLost time to recruit and train another workerCost to recruit and train another worker Employee morale negatively affectedNegative impact on client solutions
  • The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a centre of expertise in ICT research and labour market intelligence, policy development, and program management. Through our strong network of industry, academia and government, we enable the development of Canada’s future skilled and innovative talent, empowering industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market.ICTC’s unique position:Authoritative, best-in-class ICT business intelligenceIndependent, neutral policy advisorEstablished networks of partners (government, industry, academia, and international)Strong program management and delivery
  • ICTC is a leader in developing workforce solutions, enabling Canadian businesses to access the right talent with the right skills needed to drive innovation and productivity in an increasingly competitive environment.In order to ensure Canada is able to meet the demand of future ICT labour needs, we consider all labour market sources including domestic and international. Our programs provide unique and targeted solutions for recruiting, retaining and integrating women, aboriginals, youth and internationally educated professionals into ICT workforce.The objective of ICTC’s Standards and Certification is to identify and develop competency profiles and career pathways for key in-demand occupations and domain knowledge areas (DKAs). The profiles will facilitate the development of human resource strategies targeted at training and recruitment, thereby ensuring an adequate supply of qualified workers for this growing sector.The I-ADVACE certification program - is an industry-wide certification program designed to validate and recognize the technical knowledge, industry experience, business and interpersonal skills of ICT professionals. The goal? To equip professionals with a unique, integrated certification that meets national industry standards. No other certification program combines technical and soft skills like I-ADVANCE™ does.
  • This diagram summarizes how FIT is effective in giving students the skills, knowledge and abilities they need to build a career path in IT.The Information and Communication Technology Council is the Canadian not-for-profit sector council that manages FIT.We champion collaboration among all stakeholders and are a catalyst for action and solutions on labour market issues, leading the development of Canada’s ICT workforce.ICTC is committed to working with governments, education and industry to ensure young people are prepared for what the future holds in terms of employment.We are dedicated to ensuring Canada’s ICT sector is made up of a prepared, diverse and highly educated workforce.We:Define HR issuesFacilitate shift from school to workRecruit, retain workersDevelop occupational standards, competenciesPromote the workplace as a learning placeDevelop sector, career awareness strategies
  • Behind the pervasive mismatch is a change in the nature of ICT careers.Declining needs: ‘Commodity Skills’ – application use (Microsoft, etc). Companies assuming you already know how to use Word, Excel, etc.ICT technical capabilities only.Growing needs:ICT skills combined with soft skills (communications, team work) and ‘context skills’, i.e., understanding the business needs and processes to which ICT is applied,ICT skills combined with technical skills from other domains, e.g., ehealth, manufacturing, finance, etc..
  • Every 60 seconds:- 168 million emails sent- 13,000 iPhone apps downloaded- 98,000 tweets- 698,000 web searchesFrom an economic developmentperspective, the Internet accountsfor 21% of GDP growth in themature countries studied.The Internet creates 2.6 new jobsfor every 1 job lost.McKinsey Global Institute
  • Ever widening gap between: university and college – theoretical skills vs practical application – academics in university are taught in a vacuum – gap is getting worse, not better – university grads understand theory but not how to put it into practice
  • Ever widening gap between: university and college – theoretical skills vs practical application – academics in university are taught in a vacuum – gap is getting worse, not better – university grads understand theory but not how to put it into practiceVictoria: 30-35 years of age is average for workforce; 75-90% men vs womenVancouver: 25-35 years of age is average for workforce; 90% menVancouver employers tend to not recruit new grads due to the difficulty understanding competency and where they could have impact, need a lot of infrastructure and support to be successful in organization.
  • Alberta Education officially released its High School Completion Framework in 2009. The Framework supports five strategies aimed at improving high school completion. These are: 1. Personalized Learning. This includes more opportunities for distance learning, infusing culture or language into courses, and providing more flexible programming.2. Successful transitions. This means making school more relevant to students by improving linkages between school and work, and improving grade-to-grade and school-to-school transitions.3. Collaborative partnerships. The focus of this strategy is on increasing cooperation amongst various agencies and schools to develop an effective approach to the delivery of wrap-around services. From bullying to student mental health, the strategy looks at ways schools, social service agencies and government can work together to support families and students and keep youth in school.4. Positive connections. This strategy aims to help students become more positively engaged with the education system through support of initiatives like the Alberta Mentorship Partnership.5. Tracking progress. This strategy emphasizes better collection and use of data, including that of students entering into post-secondary, to better understand the barriers to completion and identify strategies that are working effectively to keep students in school.


  • 1. Click to edit Master subtitle styleFOCUS IT/FOCUS TIInnovative Teaching, Real Learning
  • 2. of Content EducationalChallenges Canada’s Future Who is ICTC Why ICTC Works Labour Market Stats Alberta Trends Technology Trends Educational Trends
  • 3. CrisisDisengagement crisis among learners fromtraditional learning & teaching modules“The majority of students in the upper grades arenot intellectually engaged in the classroom.”Source: C21 Canada. “C21 Presents: Shifting Minds. A 21st century vision of public education for Canada.” May 2012.
  • 4.’s FutureReinvigorating the Canadian educational systemimpacts economic, social, environmental andfinancial aspirations of CanadiansMulti-literate, creative and innovativepeople are the drivers of the 21st CenturySource: C21 Canada. “C21 Presents: Shifting Minds. A 21st century vision of public education for Canada.” May 2012.
  • 5. Situation By 2016, Canada will need morethan 106,000 ICT workers Systemic shortage of soft skills Mismatch between capabilities Youth are not choosing ICT as acareer Not seen as fun, viable or profitable Unaware of the opportunitiesavailable in ICT Canadian graduates lack theright blend of skills to compete inthe digital economy 21st Century Skills
  • 6. is ICT? A constantly evolving term: “All the uses of digital technology thatalready exist to helpindividuals, businesses andorganisations use information.” “ICT covers any product that willstore, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information electronicallyin a digital form.” Information Communications Technology
  • 7. Century SkillsWhat are They: Solve real problems Engage with knowledge that matters Be respected See how subjects are interconnected Learn from and with each other and people intheir community Connect with experts and expertise Have more opportunities for dialogue andconversationHow to Learn Them: Applied, project-based and interdisciplinarylearning Collaborative learning Inquiry and investigation Technology for learning Demonstration of competence Personalized learning Information access, analysis, synthesis andthe generation of new ideas
  • 8. The cost of a Bad Hire: Of new hires 46% fail within 18 months Another 45% are only fair to marginal performers That means that 81% of new hires are a disappointment Associated costs are anywhere between 20% to 200% Factors contributing to the cost of a bad hire: Less productivity, lost time, cost to recruit and train, employee morale, and negative impact onclient solutionsSource: This Affects Business
  • 9. is ICTC The Information and CommunicationTechnology Council (ICTC): Dedicated to ensuring Canada’sICT sector is made up of aprepared, diverse and highlyeducated workforce Centre of expertise in ICTresearch and labour marketintelligence, policydevelopment, and programmanagement Network of industry, education &government: Develop Canada’s future skilledand innovative talent Empower industries to maintaina competitive advantage in aglobal market
  • 10. Programs Women in IT Youth Initiatives Focus on IT Career Focus Standards I-ADVANCETM Career Transitions Bridge Training forInternationally EducatedProfessionals Aboriginal Inclusion
  • 11. ICTC Works
  • 12. ICT NeedsDeclining Needs: General Application Skills ICT Technical CapabilitiesGrowing Needs: ICT, Soft-skills & 21st Century Skills Hybrid ICT & Technical Skills
  • 13. FIT?Top Ten in-demand ICT Jobs in Alberta:1. Informatics / Business Systems Analysts2. Electronics engineers3. Software / GUI Developers4. Electronics Technicians5. Information Systems Managers6. Technical Support Analysts7. Multimedia/Graphic Designers/Illustrators8. Computer / Network Systems Engineers9. e-Commerce Managers10. Web / Network Support Technicians/Administrators
  • 14. Job Outlook
  • 15. Trends“Education and technology are two of the greatestsocial equalizers. Education helps people improvetheir economic opportunities, while technologyprovides access to education.”**Source: Cisco**Source: ICTC Over half of the new jobs created in Alberta areexpected to be for:** Informatics analysts business systems analysts electronics engineers software developers GUI developers Nearly a quarter of the new jobs created in Albertaare expected to be for:** electronics technicians information systems managers technical support analysts
  • 16. Trends Alberta is Canada’s fourth largest digital economyemployer: 107,000 (10%) workers are employed inAlberta’s digital economy 27,000 (25%) of Alberta’s digital economyworkers are women 22,000 (27%) ICT workers in Alberta are landedimmigrantsSource: ICTC. Alberta has a very strong and robust energy sectorand multiple clusters of emerging technologies such asmobile apps development. Employment level in ICT Sector has increased by17,000 (19%) in Q4 Jobless rate decreased as a result from 3.2% inQ3 to 2.5% in Q4.
  • 17. Sector GDP Alberta’s ICT sector increased by $9 million compared to the thirdquarter, contributing $6.27 billion to Alberta’s GDP ICT sector accounted for nearly 4% of Alberta’s total output
  • 18. ICT Output Alberta is Canada’s fourth largest ICT producer and produced 10% ofthe total Canadian ICT output in 2012 Q4, while Ontario (47%) isCanada’s ICT leader.
  • 19. Levels
  • 20. Trends Over the last 10 years, Alberta has addressedthree core areas of technology in education: Infrastructure (hardware and software), Curriculum and resources Professional learningSource: Alberta Education School Technology Sector “iPads: What are we learning?” October 3, 2011 “Increasingly, educational leaders, stakeholders andthe general public are recognizing technology couldbe better utilized to improve and enhance learningexperiences for students.” Alberta teachers using iPads in the classroomhighlighted the top 3 benefits: To support students with unique learningneeds; To meet the needs of every student everyday in keeping with Universal Design forLearning (UDL) principles; and To increase student engagement.
  • 21. Pitfalls “Dropping out of school appears to be theoutcome of a number of factors which arespecific and unique to each student.” There is no typical profile of a highschool dropout Top factors influencing likelihood of studentdropout Lack of Home support Personal factors School and achievement related factors Lack of engagement Socio – Economic factors Approximately 20% of students re-enter theeducation system after they have dropped out Dropout rates in Canada and Alberta have been improving as have highschool completion rates; but dropout rates in Alberta, along with theother Prairie Provinces, are higher than the Canadian averageSource: Alberta School Boards Association “Improving High School Completion.” June 2010
  • 22. Dropout Rates Males have higher dropout rates and lower completion rates than females The gender gap in dropout rates is widening Risk factors for leaving high school extend beyond academic reasons Some gender-specific intervention strategies need to be considered 17-year-old males who had dropped out cited school-related reasons fortheir early departure (i.e. being bored or not interested in school, havingproblems with school work and with teachers, etc.) as well as wanting orhaving to workSource: Alberta School Boards Association “Improving High School Completion.” June 2010
  • 23. Dropout Rates Double the proportion of young Aboriginal Canadianson-reserve (22.4%) have completed an apprenticeshipin a skilled trade, compared to 11.5 per cent of non-Aboriginal Canadians;Source: Alberta School Boards Association “Improving High School Completion.” June 2010 Aboriginal students have higher dropout rates andlower completion rates than the non-Aboriginalpopulation -more than double the dropout rate Four out of five Aboriginal students attend thepublic school system (approx. 6% of Alberta’stotal student population) Only 12% of Aboriginal Canadians complete universitydegrees in public school system Only 5% of Aboriginal young adults on reservecomplete a university education
  • 24. Framework Alberta Education officially released itsHigh School Completion Framework withfive strategies aimed at improving highschool completion: Personalized Learning Successful transitions Collaborative partnerships Positive connections Tracking progressSource: Alberta School Boards Association “Improving High School Completion.” June 2010
  • 25. ConnectedVisit: www.focusit.caContact us: fit-media@ictc-ctic.caFollow us: @FOCUSITca