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The Information Technology Sector in Canada

The demand for talent in the IT sector in Canada has seen incredible growth over the past 15 years. The current unemployment rate for professionals in this field is the lowest in history at 2.6% (by contrast, the overall unemployment rate in Canada is over 6.5%). Some trends in the workforce include a relatively aging workforce, 11% is over the age of 55 compared with 4% in 2001. The workforce is highly educated with the majority of the workforce having at least a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Finally, the workforce is also increasingly multi-cultural with 37% born outside of Canada.

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 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:

TATA Consultant Services Inc.
Blakes Inc.
CIBC Mellon
HSBC Inc.
TD Bank
Scotia Bank
RBC
Oracle Inc.
vConsult Service Inc
INAGO Inc.
CloudBitz Inc.
Halogen software Inc.
Marves Technology Inc.
Amgus GEO Solutions Inc.
Intelex Technologies (intelex.com)

Our graduates have been hired into the following roles:

IT Service Director
IT Project Manager
Sr. System Analyst
Sr. IT QA
Software Engineer
IT Project Coordinator/ Tech Lead
IT Security Analyst
Product Specialist (E-Commerce)
IT Auditor
IT Support Specialist
IT Governance Analyst
SAP Basis/DB2 Administrator
Application System Analyst
Sr. IT Controller and Auditor
Web Developer

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 Robert Tortian 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
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16

Toronto – 10am to 12pm. Call 416.921.1800
September 3
January 6, 13, 20, 27