Toronto-based AI startup AudaciousYou has launched its Future Skills Accelerator program with the goal of creating new tech talent.
Future Skills Accelerator is a 14-week challenge-based career program allowing participants to learn technical skills and human skills by working on a series of individual and team challenges.
AudaciousYou said participants will develop a career plan, undergo character and cognitive challenges to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and go through skill challenges in areas like data analysis, digital marketing, sales, and web development.
“We are developing in-demand skills for the future and guaranteeing an interview with an employer seeking talent with those skills.”
– Hamoon Ekhtiari, CEO, Audacious Futures
After completing the program, participants will have job interviews with employers participating in the program, such as Deloitte, RBC, TD Canada Trust, CIBC, and Sun Life Financial. They will also receive mentorship from professionals, and personalized career and learning recommendations.
“We are developing in-demand skills for the future and guaranteeing an interview with an employer seeking talent with those skills,” said Hamoon Ekhtiari, CEO of Audacious Futures, which incubated AudaciousYou. “Bridging the talent and skills gaps in the rapidly changing world of work requires innovative solutions, which is why we are excited to have leading employers join us.”
According to AudaciousYou, the Future Skills Accelerator will benefit Canada’s tech industry as it will create a talent pipeline. The accelerator’s curriculum draws on the research and practice of “learning engineering,” a discipline that combines learning and human science on development and performance with tech-driven approaches.
Those interested in participating in the first cohort of the Future Skills Accelerator have until June 30 to apply. The program will run from September to December 2018.