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Alberta employers leverage new tools to engage and retain digitally skilled talent: TADE Program

Published: October 12th, 2021 By:

Calgary, October 5, 2021—Alberta employers can now draw upon an innovative HR Toolkit to help them hire, engage, and retain digital employees.

The Alberta-based program, Talent Acquisition for the Digital Economy (TADE), provides small and medium-sized organizations free access to hiring strategies, tools, and tips to ramp up their digital technology capabilities, which are increasingly important in today’s economy.

TADE is aimed at helping businesses compete for digital talent, the demand for which has remained strong during the pandemic. Overall employment in Alberta’s digital economy grew by 45,000 from 2010 to 2020, and continued to grow in 2020, while other sectors experienced sharp declines. In fact, digitization helped insulate businesses against the economic slowdown in general, highlighting the crucial nature of having tech skills in any sector.

Alberta’s digital economy (comprised of tech workers across all sectors, as well as in the tech sector itself) employed approximately one in 10 Alberta workers in 2020. ICTC’s latest labour market forecast predicts the demand for digital workers in Alberta to reach 203,000 by 2025, which underscores the need for effective employer resources for onboarding digital workers.

TADE’s complementary offerings include following:

  • HR toolkit
  • Access to professionally led HR workshops and forums
  • Invitation to hosted virtual events to connect employers and digitally skilled job seekers
  • Candidate skills assessment tools
  • Seminars on Digital Economy Essentials
  • Up-to-date labour market information

“We are pleased to support small and medium-sized Alberta businesses as a vital part in the province’s ongoing economy recovery. These employer resources are valuable tools to help attract, hire, and retain the digital talent they need to grow and compete globally, while further diversifying Alberta’s economy,” said Tyler Shandro, Alberta Minister of Labour and Immigration.

“Talent is the essence of a high performing economy and a burgeoning tech sector in Alberta. Harnessing state of the art talent strategies and tools to attract, retain, and leverage all human capital is critical for enabling resilient and globally competitive businesses in tomorrow’s digital led economy.” Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a not-for-profit, national centre of expertise for strengthening Canada’s digital advantage in a global economy. Through trusted research, practical policy advice, and creative capacity-building programs, ICTC fosters globally competitive Canadian industries enabled by innovative and diverse digital talent. In partnership with an expansive network of industry leaders, academic partners, and policy makers from across Canada, ICTC has empowered a robust and inclusive digital economy for over 25 years.

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.

 

The Employer Toolkit to Hire, Engage, and Retain Digital Employees is HERE.

Register HERE to access the full benefits of the TADE program.

Contact TADE@ictc-ctic.ca for more information


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