The world has become fully tech-based, but sometimes skills training and digital literacy isn’t quick to reach the remotest communities.
As part of a commitment to help bridge the skills gap, Google Canada announced a $600,000 grant on Dec. 15 to support Indigenous job seekers by providing them with free digital skills training.
Research has shown a significant skills and education gap affecting Indigenous populations in Canada which affects employment opportunities and creates greater economic division.
ComIT’s Recoding Futures IT training program will receive a $500,000 Google.org grant, Indspire’s education and job training programs will receive $100,000, and Google Career Certificate scholarships will be delivered by NPower for Indigenous job seekers.
Becca Buffalo, originally of Maskwacis, graduated from NPower’s Junior IT Analyst Program this year with a Google IT Support Professional Certificate that helped her land an internship at Sanjel Energy Services as a support analyst.
She said the program was a mix of technical, professional and personal skills like learning how to interview, make a LinkedIn account, and write cover letters, but also included information about different learning styles and ways to approach learning.
“A lot of us were surprised to see all the ways to learn. They taught us about memory and a lot about teamwork. We had scrum groups in the morning where we’d go over what we accomplished the day before and what…