CyberCap launches its project Relève numérique to support ICT industry in Quebec

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 the industry.

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.

About CyberCap

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.

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