Creative Technology Micro-Credential Programs
DigiBC has partnered with Vancouver Community College, Centre for Digital Media, BCIT, and Emily Carr University of Art and Design on post-secondary micro-credential programs for the creative technology sector.
Our milestone report, Benchmarking the Creative Technology Ecosystem in British Columbia, highlighted that although the creative technology sector in BC is among the fastest growing and well paying, a shortage of talent remains a key challenge for companies. The micro-credential programs we are supporting will create a bridge between the creative technology industry and British Columbians looking to upskill or reskill and take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.
"Micro-credentials offer novel opportunities for people to pursue a career in this dynamic sector — from recent grads looking to develop specialized skills, to workers reskilling from adjacent industries, to existing creative tech staffers upskilling for career advancement. This collaboration between government, industry and post-secondary institutions is a first for our sector, and will allow these programs to stay current with the industry needs and technology shifts that will support job growth and the changing demands of this expanding workforce.” - Loc Dao, Executive Director, DigiBC
StrongerBC Future Skills Grant
The StrongerBC Future Skills Grant provides funding to British Columbians aged 19 years or older – regardless of financial need – and covers up to $3,500 in eligible short-term skills training at public post-secondary institutions. The program has already registered learners in over 11,300 seats across the province, helping them access high-quality and relevant training opportunities.
As jobs transform and rapid training is required, people will be able to increase their skills, succeed in their current jobs, get better paid jobs, adapt to current and future labour market conditions and be better equipped for the new global economy. For businesses, this means that over the next three years, there will be thousands of newly trained workers and existing workers with enhanced skills ready to fill in-demand positions.
Winter Semester: January–March 2024
Funding under the future skills grant program will be available in the winter 2024 semester for only those learners who initiated a program of study in the fall 2023 semester using their future skills grant funding of $3,500 and whose program extended beyond that first semester (midstream learners).
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