How digital “apprenticeships” could solve tech talent shortages: Opinion

Canadian companies should consider adopting digital “apprenticeships” to solve digital talent shortages, writes Jane Goodyer, York University Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering. Goodyer describes how these programs can help those in underrepresented groups to overcome systemic barriers to careers in tech. Integrated programs would provide learners with employment for four years while they study for 20% of their working hours. Learners experiencing economic barriers would have the opportunity to upskill and prepare for jobs in a field where there is a labour shortage. Goodyer argues that this strategy would help businesses as well as the university, as it would ensure that curriculum and learning outcomes adapt to changes in the industry. The Record Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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