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According to IT World Canada, Google Canada, on 14th December 2021, announced a $600,000 grant to provide free digital skills training to 450 Indigenous job seekers across Canada.

The support includes a $500,000 Google.org grant towards ComIT’s Recoding Futures IT training program and $100,000 funding to support Indspire’s education and job training programs.

ComIT is a registered Canadian charity that provides free training and professional development opportunities in IT. In addition, Indspire, with an allocation of $100,000 funding, is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families, and communities, and Canada.

The designated IT course will be a curated curriculum of ComIT to equip graduates to meet the needs of the immediate labor market and is taught by renowned IT professionals with decades of experience and knowledge. The ComIT training will be held in two phases. The first phase will involve a one-month online introductory program that will cover topics such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript. In the second phase, ComIT will offer three-month online programs to train interested people in technologies needed in the labor market. Students will be taught basic logic required to code and code languages such as Java, .Net, and react, among others, for 8 hours/week online.

These investments and training are primarily intended to reskill job seekers for new careers in technology in under six months, as announced earlier this year.

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