The new SAIT Digital Transformation (DX) Talent Hub is receiving up to $8.2 million over five years from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) for programming to address the significant shortage of tech talent in Calgary.
The Hub will be located in downtown Calgary.
“This is exactly the type of forward-thinking investment that our city needs. The DX Hub is going to train the type of talent that companies need to succeed in the new economy,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who is a member of the OCIF Board of Directors, in a news release. “If we are looking to solve the world’s biggest problems, having the ecosystem of talent and opportunity is the best way to prepare for that task.”
“Our goal is to ensure students — whether they are career starters, or career changers — have the digital literacy, personal agility and entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in a future powered by technology,” added Dr. David Ross, SAIT President and CEO. “SAIT is committed to being part of rebuilding our economy and through the School for Advanced Digital Technology and the DX Talent Hub, we are creating a tech-savvy talent pipeline – positioning SAIT graduates as the ones to hire and Calgary as a city that can meet the talent needs of any business.”
Officials said the Hub is a continuing education initiative to address the digital skills gap and help workers and companies transition to the digital economy. It will accept students in January 2021.
The DX Talent Hub will offer highly integrated training programs in digital transformation for individuals and corporate workforces. The training is a customized combination of cultural, behavioural, and technical training.
Within five years, the DX Talent Hub is expected to graduate more than 1,500 individuals from its Digital Adoption training program, including graduating at least three dozen corporate workforce cohorts. It will also help youth explore and build careers in technology, engaging hundreds of K-12 students each year. Sixteen full-time permanent high skills positions will be created for the initiative, according to the news release.
“The foundation of any thriving technology and innovation ecosystem is a robust pipeline of talent and SAIT, with the launch of the DX Talent Hub, will be a critical building block in achieving this in Calgary,” said Mark Blackwell, Chair of the OCIF Board of Directors. “OCIF’s support of the DX Talent Hub will also play a key role in accelerating digital transformation in Calgary by providing highly trained workers that companies in all sectors need in order to compete in the fast-paced digital economy and on the global stage.”