Skills for Hire Atlantic is a career-building program.

Our participants:

  • Learn valuable skills
  • Have increased confidence
  • Contribute to the tech industry
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2024 Upcoming Programs


Start Date: June 17, 2024

Applications Open: April 8 - May 13, 2024

In the Cybersecurity program you will learn fundamentals of cybersecurity, cloud computing, and python essentials. Applications close at 9:00 am AST on May 13, 2024.

Applications Closed

Data Analytics

Start Date: June 17, 2024

Applications Open: April 8 - May 13, 2024

In this program you will learn the fundamentals of database management, data analysis, data visualization, and cloud operations. Applications close at 9:00 am AST on May 13, 2024.

Applications Closed

These online, asynchronous programs will be offered over the course of 20 weeks. Skills for Hire Atlantic offers built-in support, industry connectivity and industry partnerships, ultimately helping participants navigate pathways toward meaningful employment.

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Program Questions and Answers

To be eligible for our program you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Have completed a high school GED or equivalent*
  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island.

*In lieu of a high school diploma, individuals can still apply to this program with a recommendation from a partnering community organization

  • No cost to participate
  • A online, asynchronous learning program
  • Live career development sessions
  • Program Slack channel for real-time communication
  • Live online tutorial sessions
  • Virtual attendance for flexibility
  • 1-1 career development opportunities
  • 2 Year free Digital Nova Scotia student membership
  • Access to Digital Nova Scotia webinars
  • Access to Digital Nova Scotia job portal with openings featured from tech industry employers
  • Potential feature opportunities to our tech sector members
  • Work hard and you could be chosen for ‘student of the month’. These students get featured on the Digital Nova Scotia website and in the monthly newsletter that goes out to our tech sector members – it’s a great way to stand out from the crowd
  • A 360° approach to getting you ‘job search ready’

  • The duration of our programs are 20 weeks and requires your commitment throughout
  • The programs will require independent work outside of class hours
  • Virtual attendance of classes and career development sessions on a weekly basis
  • Be prepared to commit ~10+ hours to the program/week
  • Participation includes turning cameras on and active interaction
  • Log into Pluralsight at a minimum once every 2 weeks to stay on track

Skills for Hire Atlantic

Over the course of three years, Skills For Hire Atlantic will train 1,500 individuals on in-demand, entry-level positions to become active members of the Atlantic tech ecosystem, working to fill the existing gaps in local talent.


1.9 million

employed in the digital economy. 24% are directly employed in the tech sector.



of tech entrepreneurs struggle to hire the employees they desperately need.

BY 2025

2.26 million

will be employed by the digital economy – an addition of 250,000 jobs since 2020.

Facts from the BDC 2022 Tech Outlook

Celebrating our Students Past and Present

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Program Testimonials

“My experience with the Skills for Hire program and the team has been the best online education course experience I’ve had – and I’m constantly upgrading my skills. The support is second to none. The educational content is relevant and easy to access on and off-line. The added bonus of the Career Kickstarter program was very helpful in shaping my job search strategies.”

Christina MillarSkills for Hire Graduate

“I like that the program is designed in a way that you can do it at your own pace, but the best part is the Live Sessions. Having a TA to explain the content and answer questions is extremely useful. He helps us by highlighting the most important points of more complex topics like programming languages. The Live Sessions certainly accelerated my learning. Besides that, the weekly meeting kept me on track with the content in Pluralsight.”

Nathalia MoreiraData Analytics Student

“There are plenty of useful resources for solo learning and my enthusiasm grew with time, but I understood that nothing could replace human interaction: feedback and knowledge sharing. Eventually, you can learn a lot faster when there is someone more experienced and willing to help.”

Yegor MytsoWeb Development Student