Who We Are
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 created the Focus on Information Technology (FIT) program, which, strives to create prepared, innovative, and digitally literate generation of Canadian youth.
The FIT program is a part of ICTC’s youth initiative that focuses on providing tools to explore career possibilities in Canada’s ICT sector. FIT was designed to help Canadian secondary students recognize the importance of ICT, while developing their skills in business, communications, and technology. FIT is carefully aligned to provincial curriculum, allowing students to meet the requirements of their provincial secondary school diploma, while pursuing FIT certifications. FIT further challenges their students by encouraging them to prepare for industry recognized credentials such as A+, Java, Cisco IT Essentials, Adobe certifications, and Microsoft.
How FIT Works
The FIT program was designed to seamlessly integrate practical career training with current Canadian-wide curricula. FIT’s curriculum is a simply ‘pathway of courses’ and is based on a ‘standards’ system that allows for full flexibility within schools. What does that mean? It means that different schools, offering their students different courses, can teach the FIT program. All they have to do is cover the FIT standards that are designated within a certain certification or concentration. It also means that your child does not need to take classes outside of their immediate FIT school. Just think of it like university; a student needs to take a set of prescribed courses (or pathways) that will permit them to graduate with specific degree.
Why is ICT Important?
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are widely being adopted across every industry in Canada. From healthcare to energy, from manufacturing to agriculture, our need for a highly skilled ICT-workforce is increasing and our education system must reflect this need. The FIT program was developed in response to this demand and focuses students’ learning on skills that are considered valuable within the 21st century workplace – ICT skills. To learn more about ICT and the Canadian labour market, visit ICTC’s website (www.ictc-ctic.ca) for the latest labour market intelligence and news regarding jobs in the ICT industry.
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