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Upskilling Canadian Youth for In-Demand Tech Careers

NPower Canada’s Junior IT Analyst program launches low-income, diverse young adults into IT careers through providing no-cost professional and technical skills training, direct job placement, and five years of post-hire services including mentorship and continuing education for career advancement.

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Future Skills Canada is investing over $1.8 million allowing NPower Canada to scale up its workforce development program within Ontario and Alberta while rigorously testing its ability to replicate and expand its model to two new provinces, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, in 2021.

Over a 24-month period, this project will enrol at least 3,440 low-income, diverse young adults ages 18-29.

NPower Canada has partnered with and consulted more than 200 employers to understand their IT hiring needs and designs its programs to equip low-income young adults with these in-demand skills. This deep engagement of employers throughout the program, from curriculum design and training delivery to hiring and alumni supports, has proven vital to NPower Canada’s success in helping youth facing barriers to secure and retain employment.

Another unique aspect of the NPower Canada program is its five-year commitment to its graduates, extending beyond initial job placement to support participants with long-term job retention and career advancement. 


This project will be evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its goals, context, and stage of development. The evaluation will focus on generating the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read more about our evaluation strategy.

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The Future Skills Centre is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success and meeting the emerging talent needs of employers. As a pan-Canadian community, we bring together experts and organizations across sectors to rigorously identify, assess, and share innovative approaches to develop the skills and work environments to drive prosperity and inclusion.