What it is

ICTC, in partnership with Microsoft Canada, has established a program that aims to advance job seekers who are looking for an opportunity to add to their existing technical skills and diversify their professional experience. This innovative, employment-readiness initiative, also known as the Digital Equity and Employability Pathways (DEEP) program, works with underrepresented individuals from across the country in an effort to train and upskill talent looking to grow their careers in an ICT or digital field in Canada.


Why it matters

DEEP combines ICTC’s exclusive Agile Industry Mindset (AIM) training with Microsoft Learning Pathways, to provide a unique program experience unlike any other!

Agile Industry Mindset (AIM)

Transitioning to an agile workplace requires foundational skills that play a key role in closing talent gaps, building better relationships and making informed decisions to achieve desired results. AIM is your gateway to unlocking these skills! Whether you’re looking to:

  • Build resilience in communication and self-efficacy,
  • Enhance your agility, conflict resolution and critical thinking skills, or
  • Develop the true agility needed to lead people in a high-pressure work environment, AIM is your framework to achieving success!

Microsoft Learning Pathways

Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub are bringing together the best of their resources to help you:

  • Get free access to learning content across LinkedIn Learning*, Microsoft Learn, and GitHub, ranging from entry-level digital literacy skills to advanced skills for technical roles.
  • Earn industry-recognized Microsoft Certification at a reduced-cost**
  • Access LinkedIn job search tools and free courses to gain the confidence and know-how you need to turn your new digital skills into opportunity!

These ten learning pathways were identified by Microsoft as leading to the most in-demand careers over the past four years that are expected to grow in importance post-COVID:

  • Software Developer
  • Sales Representative
  • Project Manager
  • IT Administrator
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Digital Marketer
  • IT Support/Help Desk
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Graphic Designer

For more information on the specific career pathways that you can follow and Microsoft courses that are available, visit the Learning Pathways Page.

*Free access to LinkedIn Learning content available until March 31, 2021. LinkedIn Learning content is available in English, Spanish, French, and German.

**Participants will be able to schedule one exam at a reduced rate, and will have until December 31, 2021 to complete the exam. There will be no opportunity to retake the exam. Participants must attest they are currently unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. All exams are available in English, Spanish, French, and German. Some exams are available in Japanese, Chinese (simplified), and Korean. Check this website for details and complete Terms and Conditions.

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Who is eligible

Citizenship and residency status: Underrepresented groups
Employment status: Legally entitled to work in Canada
Unemployed or underemployed

For more information, please contact us.

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