On August 23, EDC brought together representatives from Vancouver Island University (VIU), School District 79, Apple Canada and local industry for a fun night of networking and to learn more about a new tech training initiative for Cowichan.
EDC, VIU, School District 79, Apple Canada and Community Futures have been developing a proposal for a new local tech training program. The goal of the program is to respond to the industry’s need to access skilled workers, an idea that was detailed in the recently completed Cowichan Tech Strategy. The program is aimed at high school graduates who want a university-credentialed education combined with hands-on experience working in the tech sector.
The curriculum development will be industry-led, tailored to meet the needs of local tech businesses. At the event, local industry representatives shed light on their individual business needs and how the proposed program can best address them.
Over the last few weeks Apple Canada has been in Cowichan running coding camps for high school students to generate excitement and provide a gateway for students to consider tech-related studies downstream.
The evening mixer showcased how local and national organizations are helping move the dial on tech opportunities here in the Cowichan.