Briefing

Nova Scotia invests $2 million in pilot program preparing students for province’s tech sector

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The Technology Advantage Program, launching in September, connects high schools, colleges and industry. The program begins in Grade 9 and is open to students at feeder schools for three high schools in low-income and/or rural communities (including my alma mater, J.L. Ilsley High School). Participants will have access to mentorship, internships and co-op placements, and the government will cover two years of tuition at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Graduates of the program will be guaranteed interviews with IBM, which grew its workforce in the province from 65 to 518 in five years.(BetaKit)

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Talking point: The program addresses two major challenges for the province: it entices young people to stay in Nova Scotia to learn and work, and it feeds the growing need for talent in the province’s emerging tech sector. Nova Scotia has struggled with a stagnant population and dwindling job opportunities for decades. The initiative is one of several in recent years aimed at reversing the trend. EduNova’s Study and Stay program, for instance, tries to retain international students at colleges and universities by helping them make industry connections.