Focusing on K-12 educators and connecting with Indigenous youth to tackle the tech talent shortage.
Partner Co-investment - $145K
Supercluster Co-investment - $305K
Project Budget - $450K
With the B.C. tech sector projected to have 83,000 job vacancies by 2027, the HyperTalent project will encourage students to pursue rewarding tech careers and demystify technology among educators.
Led by the BC Tech Association and bringing together Accenture, Arrow Lakes School District 10, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, Microsoft Vancouver, Providence Health Care, SAP, Unbounce, Vancity, and the Vancouver School Board, HyperTalent’s first program will connect more than 100 teachers from rural and urban school districts with educational seminars, tours of leading technology companies, and hands-on experiences. This will build awareness of the kinds of tech careers open to students, and connect school curriculums with real-world examples of the opportunities ahead.
The program’s emphasis won’t be limited to technology skills. It will also focus on employment gaps in disciplines such as marketing, business development, and operations. This broader approach will help youth align their interests and skills with prospective careers.
The project’s second program will expose more Indigenous youth to the tech sector through 12 internship positions with leading technology companies. Students will gain hands-on work experience during these four-month internships, along with support in resume writing and interview skills.
Designed to be scalable, HyperTalent can be rolled out to more educators across Canada in the future, providing a new and unique approach to encouraging students to pursue technology careers.