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Toronto’s entry-level IT workers aren’t up to snuff: LinkedIn report

Written by Eric Emin Wood
Published in IT World Canada

Its concentration of technically-skilled workers is among the highest in the world, but only three per cent of LinkedIn members from the Greater Toronto Area possess the skills employers are looking for in entry-level tech positions, a new study led by LinkedIn and non-profit leadership organization CivicAction has found.

Released this past week, the study’s final report, “Unlocking New Insights & Potential From Our Technology Workforce,” is intended to serve as a blueprint for educational institutions, companies, governments, and non-profit organizations seeking to address the gap between the skills needed to fill Toronto’s future entry-level tech positions and the talent available, with Seneca College and non-profit training organizations NPower Canada and Bitmaker already announcing new programs in response.

“A 2015-2019 labour market outlook report by the Information and Communications Technology Council projects that there will be cumulative hiring requirements of over 50,000 information and communications technology workers in the Toronto region,” the report says. “These roles demand new skills, which our education, training, and employment institutions must understand and respond to.”

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