25 Siksika Nation community members start 2022 with new digital skills and employment options

Training in the fundamentals of technology and technical support provided by the Blackfoot Tech Council and the computer industry association CompTIA

SIKSIKA NATION, AB, January 5, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Efforts to develop the Siksika First Nation’s information technology (IT) sector and workforce were recently given a boost when 25 community members took a training provided by the Blackfoot Tech Council and CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and the workforce.

CompTIA is the voice of the global information technology industry. (PRNewsFoto / CompTIA)

Fifteen people took a virtual course focused on CompTIA IT Fundamentals, a pre-career certification that helps learners develop their digital skills, understand fundamental IT concepts, and assess their interest in a career in technology. Interns are now participating in paid internships in Siksika Nation departments to mentor alongside in-house IT experts and put their new skills into practice.

The second course involved supervised training for 10 local IT and communications specialists on CompTIA A +, the recognized industry standard for establishing a career in IT and the preferred qualification for jobs in the IT industry. technical support and IT operations.

“First Nations people have been technology innovators for millennia,” said Nioksskaistamik Ouray Crowfoot, Chief of the Siksika Nation. “This training program, developed and implemented in collaboration with CompTIA, will strengthen our nation’s ability to be a leader in information and communication technologies today, with the aim of creating an ecosystem digital sound for the Siksika Nation and beyond. “

“Combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training and mentoring from an experienced technology professional is the recipe for success, as it gives interns the opportunity to hone their skills and build confidence in their ability. to work in technology, ”said Mark Plunkett, vice president of the CompTIA Tech Career Academy. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Blackfoot Tech Council in this important skills building effort. “

Skilled technological talent is needed to accelerate growth in all businesses and industries. There is a strong demand for new technology workers in Alberta and in a large part of Canada, according to CompTIA’s “Canadian Tech Industry and Workforce Trends” report released earlier this year. Hiring activity, as measured by job postings for tech occupations, showed that nearly 10,000 job postings were listed by employers in Alberta between january and September 2021.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for 5,000 billion dollars global information technology ecosystem; and the roughly 75 million industry and technology professionals who design, implement, manage and protect the technology that powers the global economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit https://www.comptia.org/.

About the Blackfoot Tech Council
The Blackfoot Tech Council is a Siksika Nation led initiative that aims to ensure equitable access to information and technology for all Siksika. The group honors tradition, while evolving and developing new technologies to empower the Siksika community and beyond.

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