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about the program

About the program

 Digital Nova Scotia and Bluedrop Learning Networks have partnered on an innovative pilot program called Skills for Hire, designed to address unprecedented growth and demand for talent in the tech sector in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, this fully digital training program will contribute to the talent pool for entry-level ICT positions across both provinces.

Skills for Hire’s innovative virtual training is offered at no cost to residents across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Our three unique programs provide beginner-level training in web design and development, user experience, and cyber security designed to teach participants the skills they need to start entry-level positions in the tech sector. The program also includes courses in career building, hands-on practice, a program slack channel, and industry mentorship to ensure student success during and after the program.  

digital nova scotia

Digital Nova Scotia is the industry association representing the tech sector in Nova Scotia. Through skills development, capacity building, industry events, strong partnerships and the promotion of IT opportunities, they are supporting the tech sector as it continues to grow, evolve and thrive. DNS is a membership-driven organization, whose members include startups, small-to-medium enterprises, large multinational corporations, universities, colleges, government entities, and non-profits.

bluedrop learning networks

Bluedrop Learning Networks (BLN) is a Canadian software as a service (SaaS) company with nearly three decades of domestic and international experience in the area’s of health and safety certification management, workforce training, and virtual service delivery. Bluedrop’s flagship product, SkillsPass, is a training delivery and certification management platform, that delivers and validates skills and credentials across large multi-stakeholder environments, such as provinces or states. Accordingly, SkillsPass has been designed to exceed the highest government standards for individual privacy and data security. Presently the SkillsPass Platform has been adopted in 5 Canadian provinces and is trusted by over 2 million individual users.