ICTC's Cybersecurity Training and Work Integrated Learning Program provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students, who could also potentially become full-time hires upon graduation.
The rising number of cyber attacks in Canada has dramatically increased the need for cybersecurity professionals. With this growing demand, employers will need to draw on a wider and more diverse talent pool. A recent study found that only 20% of cybersecurity workers in Canada identify as women, and of those, only 25% identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC).
To address this issue, ICTC in partnership with Microsoft, and a select group of post-secondary institutions is piloting a new initiative aimed at expanding the pool of cybersecurity talent. The program provides women and non-binary post-secondary education students access to Microsoft training and certification examinations, along with a 16-week paid work-integrated learning placement in the cybersecurity sector. Participants are matched with mentors and employers in the field, and employers receive up to $7,000 in wage subsidies.
The training bundle for participants includes the following:
- AZ900 fundamentals in cloud security
- SC900 fundamentals in identity, security, and compliance
- 16-week paid work-integrated learning placement in the cybersecurity sector
- A mentorship program to build networking and community
The pilot program enables employers to hire graduates of the program, which helps increase the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce in Canada.
Employers can access a wage subsidy up to $7,000, subject to the following eligibility criteria:
- You are a registered business or not-for profit organization in Canada
- You provide a safe workplace
- You have general liability insurance
- You hire the student on payroll (not as a contractor)
- Must have the financial capacity to hire a student for the full work term, pay them consistently and on time, and provide meaningful work experience
- You are able to provide a meaningful work learning experience
- You are willing to participate in the cybersecurity pilot
For more information on the WIL Digital program and our eligibility criteria, click here.