Skills For Hire Atlantic

Frequently Asked Questions 

This program is offered at no cost to the participant. Funding has generously been provided in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program. Designed to give opportunities to those who are looking for new career opportunities, this program is for those who have a strong interest in the tech sector and want to expand their technical skill-sets.

Skills for Hire Atlantic is designed for beginners and does not require any official prerequisites, however, computer literacy and a general knowledge of tech components are required to succeed. We have estimated an average of 10+ hours of instruction time per week, which includes live technical and career development sessions. You will likely need to invest more time to fully understand the materials.

Keep in mind that your prior knowledge in both class-specific content and level of computer literacy will dictate how much time you must devote outside of class hours to understand the materials. This could mean you are re-watching videos, researching or practicing different elements to better understand them, all of which could take you over the 10+ hours of official course time. Personal learning styles are also a contributing factor. This is self-guided learning with live sessions as tools to better understand the content.

What is the cost of the program? 

  • This program is entirely free of cost for approved applicants. This free program is made possible through generous funding in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.

What does Skills for Hire Atlantic 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 (10+ hours per week over 20 weeks) to dedicate to the course content and see it through to completion.
  • Tip – Take your time answering the questions when filling out the application form – we receive many applicants and seats are limited.

How will this program help me with future employment?

  • This program will provide you with the skills necessary to begin your search for an entry-level role within the tech sector in cybersecurity and data analytics. 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 connectivity and opportunities to hear from people working in the field.

Are there any other things that Skills for Hire Atlantic 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 Teaching Assistant, and career kickstarter sessions. We also have a slack channel where we post resources regularly.

What does success look like for the Skills For Hire Atlantic Program?

In order to achieve your program certificate at the end you must have:

Final Grade of 70% or more
3 Assignments (50%)
Technical Content Completed (30%)
Attend 1 virtual Industry Event
Attend 1 EnPoint career development session

Will the course handouts be downloadable 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 Atlantic 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?

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

  • It is up to you. There are approximately 10+ hours a week of pre-recorded technical classes and live tutorial session, plus an additional 1-2 hours a week for career development sessions. *Please note everyone has different backgrounds, and learning styles and will learn at different paces, this is intended to be a rough estimate only and you will likely need more time to master content.

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 in knowledge. 
  • Teaching assistants may also incorporate projects in order to test your skills.

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.

Are there guidelines within the program?

  • Yes – we have Program Participation Guidelines, which you can learn more about here! All participants must adhere to these while in the program. 

How do I get accepted into the program? 

  • While filling out your application be sure to read things over carefully. The long answer questions inform our decision quite heavily as we get a large number of applicant to the program each cohort – so be sure to take your time. 

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