It is the harsh truth of the present times that there exists a soaring skill-gap across the U.S. in I.T. & technology sector. In 2020 alone, the estimates say that 200,000 tech vacancies will go unfilled in Canada.
19% of current workforce skills will be null & void in the next three years. And by 2022, we will see an addition of 27% job profiles completely new that were never heard of before!
Business owners and stakeholders need to realize the need for investing in skill-training for their workforce to stay relevant in the future. And in more precise words, to remain afloat in the industry.
The predictions indicate that U.S. will be hit the hardest by talent deficit in 2020, with the country losing $436 billion in revenues, which means 1.5% of the entire US economy.
And that is why short-term professional certifications are being received well in the country providing instant job opportunities.
Microsoft to Launch Upskilling Programs in Canada for the Entire Tech Community by Building a Digital Skilling Platform
The tech giant is building an upskilling digital platform that will help 25,000 Canadians in 2020 get re-skilled. It will be investing $2 million in the project, whose objectives comprise:
- Assisting existing talent in tech in their skill development
- Empowering business leaders with the requisite talent, and the tools needed
- Helping the “leaders-in-the-making” that are still studying in schools/colleges with access to technology and resources for skill-enhancement
Besides Microsoft, DASCA is the other top credentialing company or body, running e-learning certification programs in IT & Technology.
How the Initiative Taken Will Help Canadian Tech Professionals at Different Stages in Their Career
Microsoft has launched a new portal specific to training IT professionals of Canada with the name – Microsoft Training Days. It comprises 130 free training events capable of reaching 12,000 IT professionals across 10 cities. These events will provide tech enthusiasts with the opportunity to learn the concepts of cloud computing, analytics, data, cloud migration, AI, & much more.
Besides, one would be amused to meet the experts in the domain adept in technology solutions related to Azure, Microsoft 365, and Dynamics 365.
For business leaders, the skilling initiative will help in the following ways:
- The digital skilling platform launched for business leaders’ functions in the name of Microsoft Learn.
- The platform will offer e-learning opportunities in varied Microsoft certifications, comprising virtual training headed by Microsoft Certified Trainers
- AI Business School is a web platform imparting knowledge in use of AI in business, is available under this skilling initiative of Microsoft
Microsoft has, under this skilling initiative, kept its focus on the upcoming leaders that will be ready to enter the workforce in the next ten years.
Find out, what all is there for the “leaders-of-tomorrow” in this skilling program:
- It has launched a web portal by the name AI Pathways, a new-talent development learning program designed in collaboration with Agorize, ITAC, and RBC Future Launch.
- AI Pathways is dedicated to educating students and less-privileged communities seeking a career in AI
Other Vital Initiatives Taken Under the Program
- 20,000 educators to be empowered with digital skills through e-learning to help guide next generations
- Partnership with non-profits to train 100,000 youth in K-12 for work future annually
Canada is full of talent and the future looks bright with the availability of training opportunities for the youth. The only thing lacking was the opportunities for upskilling, for which, along with the Microsoft initiative, professional credentialing programs can prove to be highly advantageous.
The best credentialing companies in the IT knowledge-sourcing domain comprise Microsoft, Harvard University, MIT, and DASCA (Data Science Council of America).
Here, it is noteworthy that DASCA provides for vendor-neutral data science certifications that provides you an extra edge over your peers.