As longer and warmer days arrive, many organizations are welcoming summer students to their ranks. Yet many of Calgary’s post-secondary institutions still have IT students ready to work for Calgary businesses this summer.

“Calgary based IT students are ready and eager for work experience. If you could use extra help with your website development, software design, user experience, network support or data analysis this summer, we can help you find students who can support your organization,” said D’Andre Wilson, the Executive Director of TalentED YYC.

Currently, approximately 500 IT students from Bow Valley College, Mount Royal University, SAIT and the University of Calgary are seeking opportunities to apply their training to the real world.

Azin Ghaffari is a SAIT student who is transitioning from a career in journalism to IT. She just completed the coursework in the Object-Oriented Software Development program and explains what she, and other students, hope to bring to a work placement.

“Work experience will allow me to put my classroom skills into practice and transform them into practical, job-ready skills. I bring strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with my newly acquired technical skills. I am eager to learn and am committed to growing in the IT industry, offering enthusiasm, a fresh perspective and a strong work ethic to my host company.”

Work placements that work for employers

Work placements can vary from eight-week practicums to full-semester work terms. For some schools, this work experience is a requirement for graduation to ensure that students are workforce-ready.

Many work-ready Calgary IT students are willing to get work experience through paid or unpaid work placements, particularly if they are contributing to a non-profit organization.

Ready to find your IT student? TalentED YYC is a pilot project in Calgary making it easier for employers to connect with student talent. Connect with us today for assistance in finding the right IT student to help your organization!

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IT Programs with students ready for work experience:

Calgary IT students are ready to help Calgary businessesThe following list of a sample of the IT programs in Calgary with students who are workforce-ready. Student availability varies by program and institution. Please note that more listings may be added to the TalentED YYC Work Integrated Learning Catalogue as they become available. 

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About TalentED YYC: A one-stop-shop to navigate student engagement

Employers eager to connect with Calgary IT students ready to work are invited to use the free services available through TalentED YYC. TalentED YYC is a free service that makes it easy for employers to connect with students at Ambrose University, AU Arts, Bow Valley College, SAIT, Mount Royal University, St. Mary’s University, and the University of Calgary. Championed by Calgary Economic Development and supported by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, TalentED YYC is the one-stop shop for integrating education and employment in our city.

The TalentED YYC website offers resources, templates, a centralized job posting portal, and access to a team that can provide one-on-one employer support. The team can help employers frame an opportunity, access funding, and engage student talent that drives their organization forward.

“There is a common belief that bringing on a student requires a paid 12-week internship,” says Wilson. “While that is a great option, there are many other ways that students can contribute to an organization. Community service experiences, research projects, capstone projects, and short-term practicum placements can provide organizations with valuable summer help and offer a student important work experience.”

Employers looking for specific skill sets other than IT support can also review TalentED YYC’s Work Integrated Learning Catalogue, a compilation of all the programs in Calgary that seek to offer work experience to their students. Over the past year, the TalentED YYC team has identified over 350 offerings in Calgary and the programs are publicly available for employers to browse on the TalentED YYC website.

“Our team has an incredible knowledge of all the types of programs and students available in the city,” says Wilson. “If you are willing to host a student but don’t know where to start, give us a call and we will make it easy for you to get connected with student talent.”

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