// What Are
Many organizations struggle to find individuals with the skills they need, either due to a lack of qualified candidates or an inability to connect with them. To help meet the demand for qualified candidates, TALENT equips professionals with industry-focused skills and ensures employers know exactly where to find them.
Let's Close The Skills Gap
In Canada, there is a gap between the large numbers of post-secondary graduates, their respective training, and the needs of real-world employers. TALENT’s mission is to close this gap by better preparing students for future opportunities, and by better supporting employers to communicate their needs and connect with skilled professionals.
Ontario Chamber of Commerce members cited finding someone with the proper qualifications is their top challenge.
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) identified skills shortages as a major competitive challenge.
employers say skills requirements will increase over the next decade.
annual GDP is foregone because of skills shortages in Ontario
// Be Industry Ready
Build the skills today for the industries of tomorrow.
Canada’s labour force is undergoing a digital transformation while also recovering from a pandemic-induced economic slowdown. In these extraordinary times, the opportunities to innovate, grow, and prepare for the high-growth jobs of tomorrow are endless.
The Ontario Tech Talent Initiative will be of significant help to small- and medium-sized enterprises with their skills training needs. I also see incredible value for large enterprises who face the challenge of recruiting and retaining employees with the evolving skills sets employers need.
Dietmar Reiner // Employer
Former Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Projects, Ontario Power Generation
TALENT is an amazing initiative. It was fantastic to be a part of their initial development stage, as I was able to provide a first-hand student perspective. I admire their approach of partnering directly with employers to understand which skills will be in demand when students like myself graduate.
Hannah Oegema // Alumni
Accounting class of 2022, Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Business and IT
Setting yourself apart is important, especially in nursing where everyone has the same license and degree as you. TALENT helps students and alumni determine how they should invest their time and effort as it relates to skills development. They advise on which skills are in-demand right now and they have valuable insight into future skills needs. Students can be confident that they are receiving accurate guidance as TALENT works alongside industry leaders to ensure students are able to find meaningful employment.
Taaha Ijaz // Alumni
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Health Sciences