What kind of services/programs do you offer?
NPower Canada programs provide participants with free in-demand digital and professional skills training and connects them to new and rewarding career opportunities with some of Canada’s largest employers. Through consultation with a wide range of employers, NPower Canada’s comprehensive curriculum ensures participants are equipped with the in-demand technical and professional skills most sought after by industry.
NPower Canada provides employers with access to a pipeline of eager, diverse, and job-ready young talent with in-demand digital skills who are primed to succeed in the workplace. Graduates receive ongoing support and coaching to ensure continued success in their careers.
How many locations do you have in Calgary and nationally/internationally? What locations are recruiting locally in Calgary and area?
We have locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, and Calgary. We have currently expanded to Lethbridge, Red Deer and Edmonton.
How many people does your organization employ? Or how many people does your organization accept into the program(s)? How many locally?
We have two programs in Calgary, and three cohorts per year. We take 50 applications for each program per cohort. That is a total of 300 applications from youth a year! Our next cohort starts September 20th!
What type of positions do you support people in the program to get once they’ve completed the program(s)? (ex. Full time, part time, seasonal, contract etc.)
Here are some examples of the kind of roles youth can secure once completing our programs:
Technical Support Representative
$15/hr - $21/hr = $29,250 - $40,950
$14/hr - $18/hr = $29,120 - $35,100
Help Desk Analyst
$15/hr - $21/hr = $29,250 - $40,950
Information Security Analyst
$20/hr - $25/hr = $39,000 - $48,750
Junior IT Analyst
$15/hr - $21/hr = $29,250 - $40,950
Quality Assurance Analyst
$18/hr - $24/hr = $35,100 - $46,800
What are some of the employers you work with, or opportunities people can get once they’ve completed the program(s)?
Some of the employers we work with includes RBC, CIBC, Longview Systems, Accenture.
What are the benefits of taking this program with your organization? Certifications, training, incentive programs, scholarships, work experience, etc.
NPower Canada is a national non-profit organization providing low-income, diverse young adults, aged 17-30, with job placement support, FREE technical, professional and life skills training, industry certification, and 5 years of alumni career services.
Programs and certifications offered:
Junior IT Analyst program - Delivered in partnership with Google, our instructor-led program equips participants with marketable skills for tech-enabled jobs. Graduates of this program will receive the Google IT Support Certificate. You do not need any prior knowledge in IT to apply for this program. You will learn in-demand skills that will have you job-ready in less than six months. The Junior IT Analyst Program is for you if you enjoy solving problems, learning new tools, and helping others.
Jr. Data Analyst program – The Junior Data Analyst Program is tuition-free and is considered an intermediate program. Successful applicants must have prior knowledge in IT, technical and/or programming. Co-sponsored and developed in partnership with Microsoft, the Junior Data Analyst Program equips participants with a certificate in Microsoft Azure Fundamentals. You will be job-ready in less than six months. This program is for you if you enjoy complex, critical and technical analysis and, testing and validating data.
Tech Career Pathways Program:
The Indigenous Youth Tech Career Pathways (IYTCP) program provides First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) young adults (17-30 years old) with enhanced wraparound services and Elder-led counselling to support their successful completion of the NPower Canada program and their transition into meaningful employment in the IT industry. NPower Canada has partnered with FNMI community leaders and stakeholders in designing more inclusive programming for Indigenous youth interested in exploring and pursuing IT careers.
Describe opportunities for advancement. (Career growth, additional programs, becoming an alumni)
Once youth graduate from our 15-week programs they have access to five years alumni support. This is an opportunity to:
- Get next-level training, access to a growing network, career assistance, and workshops.
- Give their time as a volunteer, open doors in their organization to recent graduates, and refer potential students.
- Grow their sphere of influence with professional networking opportunities.
- Access to advanced programs on emerging technologies only available to alumni.
- Career assistance with job search, interview prep, and salary negotiation.
- Professional workshops and panel events.
- Serve as a guest lecturer, mentor, or NPower Canada ambassador.
- Our referral bonus program: help a friend, colleague, classmate, or family member discover a career in IT by referring them to us.
List any corporate responsibility initiatives that your organization is currently involved in.
NPower Canada reduces poverty in Canada by addressing youth unemployment, launching underserved young adults into meaningful and sustainable digital careers.
How would someone find out about opportunities at your organization? How can a candidate apply for the programs?
- Apply on our website: www.npowercanada.ca/youth
- Contact Harpreet Dayal for support on Harpreet.Dayal@gmail.com
Describe your interview process and onboarding process?
Once youth apply for one of our programs, they will be invited for an interview:
Stage 1: Document Check
Stage 2: Verification
Stage 3: Open ended questions
Onboarding information provided
What do you look for in a participant?
The following is our eligibility criterion:
- Young adults 17-30 years old
- Must have high school diploma or GED, earned inside or outside of Canada
- Unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hrs. per week)
- Facing financial challenges and barriers to employment
- Advanced English language proficiency – Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 or higher in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
- Cannot be in full time work or full-time school
- Must be legally able to work in Canada
- Strong, demonstrated motivation to work and learn
What type of education/training/equipment do you require?
We have a minimum education requirement of a high school diploma or GED.
Equipment required: laptop.
What is the minimum age required to participate in the program(s)? Are there different age requirements for different programs?
Youth aged 17 to 30 are eligible for both programs.
Provide a wage range for entry level positions once they gain employment.
Salary can range from 29k to 46k, from $15/hr to $24/hr.
What are the hours of the program(s), length of time for the program(s) and general availability required to be successful? Is there flexibility regarding school schedules?
The programs run three times a year and our next cohort starts September 20th.
The program is online, part-time from 8.45am to 1pm from Monday to Friday.