Nova Scotia is taking a bold step in building a more sustainable workforce in information and communications technology.
A dedicated information and communications job site, techportjobs.com, links recent graduates, local professionals and expatriates with employment opportunities in Nova Scotia.
Premier Rodney MacDonald officially launched the site today, March 2, at Cape Breton University with Mike McConnell, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc.
The site, developed by the information technology alliance, in partnership with NSBI and the provincial government, is a user-friendly, confidential tool free to any Nova Scotia employer with information and communications technology job openings.
"Techportjobs.com will help Nova Scotia stay ahead of market demand for talent in a sector that is key to building the new Nova Scotia," said Premier MacDonald. "The success of our province's burgeoning IT sector means more opportunities for those who want to stay home, move home, or call Nova Scotia home for the first time."
In addition to basic search and resume posting, the site features information about living in, and relocating to, Nova Scotia, as well as information and communications sector statistics and information on training and development programs.
"We are aware of only one other jurisdiction in Canada, the tech hotbed of Waterloo, Ont., that is taking this type of focused approach to build on their technology workforce," said Mr. McConnell.
A marketing campaign will begin this month, targeting information and communications expatriates working in Canada and the U.S., as well as graduates. The information technology alliance will also continue to promote the site and conduct demonstrations to encourage more employers to post job opportunities.
"Our discussions with local industry leaders identified access to talent as a priority," said Mr. Lund. "Our participation in the development of this tool is one way of supporting the industry, which helps us promote and further grow the sector."
The Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the growth and development of the information technology industry in Nova Scotia, by developing industry skills, sharing ideas and information, building alliances, and promoting IT opportunities and events. More information can be found at www.itans.ns.ca
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.