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About IT Connections

Information Technology (IT) Connections helps internationally-trained IT professionals pursue their careers in Canada. Participants learn Canadian IT-sector standards, terminology, and tips on how to enhance their job search. IT Connections was designed in close collaboration with key stakeholders – employers, professional associations and an academic institution.

Program Benefits

  • One-to-one support from an employment consultant who is knowledgeable about the sector
  • Connections to employers who are hiring
  • Access to mentors who are professionals in your field
  • Invitations to attend recruitment and networking events
  • Academic training from a recognized educational institute
  • Business communication and workplace culture training in a Canadian context
  • Orientation to your sector in Canada
  • Job search support and preparation
  • Coaching and support after you’re hired
  • 40 PDUs (Professional Development Units) towards PMP exam
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Program Components:

  • Effective job search strategies: market research techniques; resume development; interview skills; and, targeting your job search to companies that require your specific skills and experience
  • Orientation to Canadian Workplace Culture and the expectations of employers in the sector
  • Project Management for IT Professionals (PMP exam preparation)
  • Agile Introduction and Methodology
  • Design Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Guest speaking panels including volunteers from Accenture (program sponsor)
  • Connections with IT employers
  • Referrals to Speed Mentoring® and The Mentoring Partnership™
  • Post-employment communication coaching, language coaching and document editing
  • Experiential Learning

Industry Advisory Committee: Information Technology Connections Program

Abbas Ishaque, Senior Scrum Master, RBC
Colin Low-Ring, Director of Sales, Project X
David Odigie, Director, Delivery Program Management, RBC
Gerardo Amaya, Executive Digital Advisor, Microsoft
James Friesen, Director/Manager Canada Operations, Ana Data Consulting
Kennedy Udida, Senior Scrum Master & Agile Coach Agile Coach, TD
Nobel Phipps, Senior Technology Consultant, TELUS
Terry Gelinas, Senior Infrastructure Lead, Accenture
William Garcia, Manager, Change and Release Management, AllState Insurance
Zoser Mankarious, Senior Manager, Cybersecurity, Wipro Consulting

Companies that have recently hired from our program:

Bank of Montreal (BMO)
Bond Brand Loyalty
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
Rogers Communications Inc.
The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
Slalom Consulting, LLC
Softchoice Corp.
Tata Consultancy Services
TD Canada Trust
Tech Mahindra Limited
TheAppLabb

Our graduates have been hired into the following roles:

Business Analyst
Business Consultant
Cloud Computing Specialist
Data Analytics Specialist
Database Administrator
Developer
Information Security Analyst
Project Manager
Quality Assurance
System Administrator
Technical Support

Program Eligibility

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant with one-year work permit
  • Minimum of three years professional experience in the IT sector OUTSIDE of Canada
  • Post-secondary education in the IT field from OUTSIDE Canada
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 8)
  • Have not been away from the field for a period longer than two-year

Program Fees

  • The fee for this program is $500. This offsets a portion of the Ryerson University academic component. This program may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program.
  •  All books and materials are included or available on-loan to participants at no additional cost.
  •  All other costs related to the program and employment services are generously funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Information Technology Connections is funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered in partnership with Ryerson University. The IT Connections program is sponsored by Accenture.

To learn more about Information Technology Connections, please click here to email the Program Manager or call 905.361.2522.

Program Delivery Schedule

The Information Technology Connections Program is a full time 5-week program that runs Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 3:30pm, plus 2-week for PMP exam preparation.

Cohort Number

Start

End

PMP Start

PMP End

Location

Cohort Nine

15-Jul-19

16-Aug-19

19-Aug-19

30-Aug-19

Brampton

Cohort Ten

9-Sep-19

11-Oct-19

15-Oct-19

25-Oct-19

Toronto

Cohort Eleven

21-Oct-19

22-Nov-19

25-Nov-19

6-Dec-19

Mississauga

Cohort Twelve

3-Feb-20

6-Mar-20

9-Mar-20

20-Mar-20

Toronto

Program Information Session Schedule

In order to apply, you are required to attend one of the program information sessions. All sessions are delivered at three ACCES Employment locations. Please call front reception at the preferred location for registration.

Dates are subject to change, so please call in advance to confirm availability.

Mississauga – 10am to 1pm. Call 905.361.2522
New session dates will be posted next year.

Toronto – 10am to 12pm. Call 416.921.1800
January 6, 13, 20, 27

Brampton – 10 am to 12 pm. Call 416.921.1800
New session dates will be posted next year.