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frequently asked questions 

What is the cost of the program?

This program is entirely free of cost for approved applicants that are 18 year of age or older who hold a high school GED or equivalent, and who are residents of Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador. This free program is made possible through generous funding from the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.

What does Skills for Hire look for in a candidate for a program? 

We are looking for people who have a significant interest in growing their careers in the tech sector. We are also looking for people who have time (5+ hours per week) to to dedicate to the course content and see it through to completion. 

 

How will this program help me with future employment?

This program will provide you with the skills necessary to succeed in an entry level role within the tech sector in web development, user experience or cyber security. The program also offers professional development support through our career kickstarter series which will help you to identify your career goals, and help you with networking, resume writing, and building interview skills. Additionally our program offers industry mentorship and opportunities to hear from people working in the field. 

 

Are there any other things that Skills for Hire offers besides the self-directed virtual courses? 

Yes, we also host live sessions on our zoom platform including our orientation session, weekly live-demo sessions with a Skills for Hire Specialist and 3 career kickstarter sessions. We also have a slack channel where we post resources regularly. 

 

How does the certification process work? 

In order to achieve your program certificate at the end of the program you must complete all skills assessments and modules that are assigned to you. The score level you achieve on your skill IQ assessments will reflect on your certificate. 

 

Can the course handouts that we can download be used for future reference? 

Yes, all PDFs can be saved for future reference, and any links we share can be bookmarked and reviewed later on.

 

Are all the sessions recorded?

Yes all live sessions are recorded, you can find them on our Skills for Hire Vimeo platform. We will share the links to our Vimeo page after each session.

 

Where can I contact you if I have any questions or concerns?

You can email us at info@skillsforhire.ca. 

 

How many hours should I dedicate to the course a week?

It is up to you, however the average successful students spend about 3-6 hours a week on course work.

 

How do we test what we are learning?

We test students using skills assessment scores within our virtual course platform. Most students take the skills assessments at the beginning of the course and then again at the end of the course to see their improvement of knowledge. 

Can I take more than one course?

You can not take more than one course at once, however you can apply for other courses provided by skills for hire after you complete the course that you are currently working on.