Communitech Academy inspires people to break into the tech industry and grow their careers. It also provides them with the guidance and skills to do it with confidence.
The tech sector is an increasingly vital part of economic prosperity in Waterloo Region, Ontario and Canada. The continued growth of tech will create a substantial number of new, well-paying jobs, but it also depends on the availability of workers with specific skills to fill these openings.
Leaders of Tomorrow
From new managers to strategic directors, Tech Leaders of Tomorrow will give you the tools needed to lead a team that is engaged, happy and productive so you can drive better business results in your organization. Courses are designed to give you the right mix of practical and peer learning, and one-on-one mentorship. You’ll leave with more clarity and confidence; we promise.
Best for: Those who aspire to people leadership
Do you want to explore what a career in people management is all about? Join Discover Leadership and learn more about what it means to be a people leader and whether leading others is right for you. We’ll help you define your path to leadership, identify your learning behaviours, tactics, skills and gaps. Join us for two sessions and we’ll support you in to determining: Should I pursue people leadership as a career?
Leadership WTF (Where To Focus)
Best for: Individuals new to people leadership
Experience: Less than 12 months of leadership experience
New to the people-management game? We’ll help put you on the right track. Leadership WTF will introduce you to leadership models and key principles that work in the tech world. You’ll build confidence and competence, find your leadership style and develop your own personal development plan. Stop asking, “WTF?” and join us for four awesome sessions.
Best for: Those looking to advance their people leadership capabilities
Experience: Two to four years of leadership experience
The Strong Leaders program will help you become a manager people want to work for. Through this program of practical learning and 1:1 coaching, you’ll explore goal-setting, communication, motivation, coaching and providing feedback, team dynamics, leading through change and personal productivity. On top of it all, you’ll develop a network of fellow leaders in the tech community.
Advance Your Craft
Our Advance Your Craft stream of learning is all about hard skills training for the tech sector. We’re reviewing our research for topics and sourcing learning partners to bring you great programming focused on filling the skill gaps in tech.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that is accelerating the pace of change in tech like never before. AI is focused on the creation of intelligent machines that react and work like humans, including functions such as speech recognition, problem solving, and learning. It is advancing being applied across businesses, creating efficiencies and new opportunities.
Blockchain is technology that supports the bitcoin payment system. It provides transparency for cryptocurrency transactions, linking individuals and companies to bitcoin purchases, allowing payments to be verified and processed without needing a third-party to oversee the transaction.
The potential uses for this technology are still being discovered by industries around the world. And companies are eager to find people with Blockchain development skills.
Data science uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to pull insights from data. It draws from many fields including math, stats, and computer science.
Equip yourself with tools, knowledge and insights to help you to advance your skills and career in data science. Take charge of analytics, leverage the power of data and solve complex business problems.
The Digital Marketing Bootcamp is a roll-up your sleeves, hands-on introduction to the skill sets that are transforming the way businesses attract, retain and grow a customer base. You’ll learn how the world’s best digital marketers use agile methodologies to iterate rapidly, test continuously and scale their innovations. You’ll learn leading-edge skills and tools by building marketing assets for a real campaign. You’ll hear about the many career paths available for digital marketing apprentices, from agency work and freelancing, to marketing roles with startups or global brands.
This two-day bootcamp immerses you in the activities of product management. Using interactive discussions and hands-on exercises that simulate real-life scenarios, you will learn how to use the diverse range of skills that form the foundation of agile product management.
Registration is now open for the Introduction to Product Management Bootcamp, April 30 and May 1, 2019.
We’re looking for people who want to explore the possibility of a career in tech sales. We will introduce you to the personal and professional skills that will help you in any career, while you evaluate if tech sales could be a career for you.
Future of Work
Come play in our sandbox to build the Future of Work — we aim to help engineer high-performance organizations who can compete and win globally.
Design Thinking was created about 20 years ago to help designers better understand their customers. Fast forward to 2019 and Design Thinking is one of the hottest trends in design, business and technology. Our two-day bootcamp will introduce you to the fundamentals of Design Thinking using a real world case study. You will experience a design thinking five step process to help you better understand the customer, uncover problems worth solving, and prototype and test possible solutions quickly. You will be inspired to be more customer-centric, and leave with the tools you need to build products and services that customers love.
User Experience (UX)
The Interaction Design Foundation describes user experience (UX) design as “the process of creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users.” UX was recently identified as one of the most sought after tech skills in Waterloo Region in the “Breaking into Tech” report.
Communitech Academy offers programming to introduce people to the field, and to deepen other’s understanding through learning labs on specific aspects of UX.
Communitech and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University have created a research report to better understand the talent and skills components of specific in-demand careers inside Ontario tech companies, as well as the different job pathways that workers travel to enter and navigate between companies in the region.
Download the full report
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