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ICTC and Riverview High School connect industry leaders with next generation

ICTC and Riverview Rural High School connect industry leaders with next generation ICT labour force

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Cape Breton/Ottawa | 16 April 2014

Showing their commitment to strengthening tomorrow’s workforce, leading organizations across Cape Breton gathered today at Riverview Rural High School’s IT Fair, where Information and Communication Technology Council’s (ICTC) Focus on Information Technology (FIT) program has also launched officially in Nova Scotia.


Riverview Rural High School (RRHS) is the first high school in Nova Scotia to enter into a formal agreement with ICTC. It joins other FIT schools across Canada integrating effective classroom technology required for 21st century learning and teaching.


“The department and school boards are working hard to strengthen partnerships with sector councils and to link students with industry and opportunities,” said Ann Blackwood, Executive Director, English Program Services, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. “ICTC is a great partner in a sector with the potential to create high-value jobs for our students.”


“The earlier we expose our youth to experiential, inquiry-based learning of IT and business skills, the better prepared Canadian youth will be to contribute and compete in the 21st century digital and knowledge economy,” said Namir Anani, ICTC President and CEO. “The effort of organizations connecting with students at the IT Job Fair today clearly demonstrates industry’s commitment to ensuring the growth of a highly-skilled and innovative workforce in Canada.”


Currently the jobless rate among youth aged 25 or younger in Canada is 12.7%. However, ICTC’s latest Quarterly Monitor of Canada’s Digital Economy, Winter 2014 reports that, in ICT occupations, joblessness in this age group is notably lower at 7.2%.


Today’s interactive IT Job Fair has been organized by Rhyan Coleman, Department Head Business and Technology at Riverview Rural High School with support from Innovacorp, NSCC Marconi and Cape Breton Partnership. It a strategic call-to-action requesting employers to explore opportunities as mentors in the school’s existing co-op program.


“It is our great pleasure to offer the FIT Certificate to Riverview Rural High School students. Not only does the FIT program provide unique and beneficial opportunities to develop educational partnerships with our local business community, but it also allows students to obtain career information and to learn current technology applications,” said Joe Chisholm, Principal at RRHS. “Moreover, students will explore employment opportunities in information technology that would allow them to contemplate remaining in our community to work.”


Joined by grade 9 students from neighbouring junior high schools, students at RRHS will connect with prominent organizations across various sectors to get a first-hand look at IT career opportunities as well as entrepreneurship.


The Focus on Information Technology project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program.


For more information, please contact:


Jeff Leiper, VP, Strategic Communications, Research & Policy | Information and Communications Technology Council j.leiper@ictc-ctic.ca | 613.868.2375



Rhyan Coleman Department Head Business and Technology Riverview Rural High School rhyan@staff.ednet.ns.ca 902-564-5411



Cathy Viva, Coordinator Program Services 7-12. Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board cviva@cbvrsb.ca 902-562-6490



Background

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a centre of expertise in digital economy research, labour market intelligence, policy development, program management and delivery. Through our strong network of industry, academia and government, we enable the progress of Canada’s future economies by empowering industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market through a highly-skilled and innovative workforce. (http://ictc-ctic.ca).


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