Beyond the Cloud: Powering Next Generation Canadian Digital Infrastructure

Beyond the Cloud
When & where
  • Canada
  • -
Who it's for
  • Employers who hire key digital infrastructure and cloud roles
  • Employers planning to upskill existing workforce in digital infrastructure and cloud roles
Beyond the Cloud

As the demand for critical digital infrastructure and cloud roles like cloud engineers, cloud administrators, DevOps specialists, and more continues to rise, the gap widens between the supply of skilled professionals and expanding industry needs.  

In response, ICTC has developed Beyond the Cloud, a groundbreaking government-subsidized initiative aimed at addressing the shortage of skilled talent by providing both a free hiring solution for businesses, as well as industry-relevant and personalized upskill training for in-demand digital infrastructure and cloud roles.


These roles include:

  • Cloud Engineers 
  • Cloud Administrators 
  • DevOps Specialists
  • Back-End Developers 
  • Network Administrators 
  • Database Administrators
Employers Can Leverage This Program in Two Ways:


1) Hiring a skilled workforce

By using ICTC's research-driven Digital Infrastructure Assessment Tool, trust that you will be connected with highly skilled and thoroughly vetted mid-level digital infrastructure and cloud professionals who have successfully completed one of our comprehensive training programs. 


2) Upskilling an existing workforce

Refer your team member(s) to us and upskill your workforce with a personalized digital infrastructure or cloud training package tailored to your specific business needs. 


Program Fee and Financial Aid:

Program Fee: $250

Financial aid is available for qualifying applicants, email @email for more information. 

Employers sponsoring their employees are responsible for covering the program fee.


  • Microsoft  
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Coursera 


  • Must be a not-for-profit organization or registered Canadian business located in Canada


  • Must be a permanent resident, Canadian citizen, or a person to whom Refugee Protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Are legally eligible to work in Canada. Work permit holders should have at least one year remaining upon starting the upskilling program
  • Are currently residing in Canada
  • Have a minimum of three years of work experience (work experience can include volunteer work, does not need to be three consecutive years, and must be outside of full or part-time studies [high school or post-secondary])
  • Have foundational IT skills
  • Must be able to commit to 10 weeks of training, either part or full-time
  • Must be able to financially support themselves while participating in the program


Candidates who do not meet the application criteria will not be eligible for acceptance into the program. 

  • 3-5 mandatory technical skills courses from our certified training providers. *Courses are uniquely tailored to individual business needs.
  • Completed over the course of 10 weeks. 

Step 1: Nominate Your Employee(s)

Identify the individual(s) in your team you wish to upskill in one of the six defined jobs (Cloud Engineers, Cloud Administrators, DevOps Specialists, Back-End Developers, Network Administrators, or Database Administrators) and refer your employee(s) to submit an application form. 


Step 2: Digital Infrastructure Assessment Tool

Your employee(s) will complete a Digital Infrastructure Assessment both before and after the training to ensure a personalized and effective learning experience.


Step 3: Virtual Consultation 

Your employee will be invited to a 30-minute virtual consultation. 


Step 4: Notice of Acceptance

Your employee(s) will receive notice of their acceptance into the Beyond the Cloud program. 


Step 5: Dive Into Tailored Training

A customized training plan will be developed and mapped to the selected upskilling role for your employee(s) and their competency level (introductory or intermediate). 

Additional Resources


It’s Free! 

Beyond the Cloud provides a streamlined solution. Connecting you directly with trained, mid-career professionals so you can save time and reduce the costs associated with traditional hiring processes. 


Verified and Quality Talent

Using ICTC's research-driven Digital Infrastructure Assessment Tool, trust you will connect with highly skilled, and vetted, professionals who have completed one of our tailored upskilling courses. 


Industry-Relevant Curriculum 

The curriculum is designed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure alignment with the latest trends and demands in cloud technology. This ensures that our candidates are qualified and adaptable to evolving industry needs.

Tailored Training

Beyond the Cloud recognizes that every business has unique needs. Our program offers tailored training paths, ensuring your employees acquire the skills required for your organization's success.



Investing in the professional development of your existing workforce is cost-effective at only $250 through our government subsidized programming. Upskilling contributes to enhanced productivity and competitiveness while reducing recruitment and onboarding costs; it also demonstrates a commitment to employee growth, fostering loyalty and dedication.


Elevate Your Workforce

Stay ahead of industry trends, and position your organization for sustained success through targeted, results-driven upskilling. Through our unique personalized approach, your employees gain skills directly applicable to your company's needs, ensuring they contribute meaningfully to the organization's objectives.

How many hours per week is the program?  

10-15 hours each week over the course of 10 weeks. 


Is the training in-person or online?  

Most of the training is online and self-paced. However, there is some live/facilitated training you will need to attend online. You will get a timeline/schedule once you’re in the program. 


Does this program have a work placement?   

There is an optional Work-Integrated Learning project through Riipen which is up to 40 hours over 4 weeks.  


Can I get financial aid for this program?  

After you are confirmed to participate in the program you will be prompted to pay the $250 program fee. It is at that time that you can email our team at @email to request financial assistance to offset the cost of the program. Our team will carefully evaluate each individual case on a first come, first served basis. 


How do I find my Survey Monkey Apply (SMA) Application Number? 

An acceptance email is sent after your Beyond the Cloud application is completed. There is a number in the email subject line and this is your application number. It looks like the following example, except the last 3 digits will be specific to you: BC202425--0000000011


This program is funded by Upskill Canada (powered by Palette Skills) and the Government of Canada.

Upskill Canada (powered by Palette Skills) is a national nonprofit whose purpose is to connect Canada’s most innovative companies with the talent they need to grow. They are working with partners across the country to build a national upskilling system that creates new career paths for untapped talent to meet their full potential. 


Funded by Upskill Canada [powered by Palette Skills] and the Government of Canada.