This unique and promising initiative will help resolve performance
issues in the information and communication technologies sector caused
by a lack of abilities and reduce the school dropout rate by allowing
youth to discover new optimal career opportunities
MONTREAL, Oct. 7, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - CyberCap, a charity working in
socio-professional integration and retention since 2000, is pleased to
announce today the creation of Relève numérique, a social and economic initiative designed to help sustain Quebec's
information technology and communications (ICT) industry. To meet the
industry's urgent demand for labour, the project aims to encourage
interest among primary and secondary students by getting them involved
in ICT-related studies for new challenges and opportunities.
Last spring, the labor sector committee TECHNOCompétences revealed that
the industry would suffer from significant recruitment issues and
experience a shortage of new workers over the next three years. The
study identified that the shortage in skilled labor can be explained by
the lack of qualified candidates and the low rate of women working in
According to Pierre Chadi, a well-known figure in the ICT sector and
former Regional Director at Microsoft Canada: "in the coming years, ICT
sector companies will experience more difficulty recruiting qualified
employees, as there is a lack of skilled succession within the
industry. This is proving to become a challenge for companies in Quebec
which is why we need support for projects like CyberCap's Relève numérique that are attentive to these issues and solution-oriented."
Relève numérique is different from other programs supporting the ICT industry in Quebec
because of the nature of its ongoing interventions throughout the
academic levels. This innovative new software offers a comprehensive
approach and shares information with students in classrooms by
incorporating hands-on and creative activities.
"Through our mission, we encourage young people to persevere, especially
those who find it difficult to develop a passion for ICT," says the CEO
of CyberCap, Christian Grégoire. "Through Relève numérique, and with the help of private and public partners, we wish to promote
future ICT careers among young people throughout their schooling."
Since it started, more than a dozen partners have supported CyberCap's
digital initiative. Partners include TECHNOCompétences, Ubisoft, Warner
Bros. Games Montreal, TechnoMontréal, Canada Research Chair on
information and communication technologies in education, AQIII, AQISEP
and several school boards in the greater metropolitan area.
CyberCap is seeking additional partners to continue its youth
programming and educational initiatives within the school community and
parents considering their strong influence on the students' academic
development. To do this, CyberCap will soon launch its official
fundraising campaign which will be headed by Pierre Chadi.
CyberCap was created in 2000 by visionaries wanting to make a difference
for Quebec youth. Concerned about the future of youth and social
welfare, the organization is dedicated to helping young people aged
11-25 who are struggling to improve their living situation. In the age
of digital social media, CyberCap uses multimedia as a retention tool
and for personal, social and professional development. Reaching more
than 2000 young people each year, CyberCap initiatives are made
possible through the support of the following major partners:
Emploi-Québec, Microsoft Canada and the City of Montreal.
For further information:
or interview requests, contact: Pamela Blouin Hill + Knowlton Strategies 514 375-2721 Pamela.Blouin@hkstrategies.ca