NExT Level Careers in the Tech Sector: Career Professionals

This newest version of Technology Alberta’s jobs programs creates opportunities for companies to find and try-out their next important hire – by funding small projects where career professionals can demonstrate their value to these Alberta-based entrepreneurial tech SME companies, who are currently hiring.

Purpose of the Program

Technology Alberta in partnership with the Government of Alberta (Ministry of Labour and Immigration) is pleased to present the NExT Level Careers pilot program – where Alberta professionals can demonstrate their value by taking on small funded project opportunities with Alberta’s Novel Engineering and Technology (NExT) product-based SME companies.

Through this paid remote part-time project work and industry engagement program, Technology Alberta NExT Level Careers will be connecting 100 Career Professionals to new career opportunities in Alberta’s Innovative Tech sector.

– Applications Open – Continuous Intake; Successful Applicants will start projects in the period between December 2021 – May 2022.

Program Description

Successful Alberta NExT Level Career professionals who take on a small, funded, remote, part-time project – not only demonstrate value that they can deliver, but also have visibility to the exciting NExT Level Companies’ career opportunities – and may end up making a difference in both growing these companies and Alberta’s entrepreneurial tech sector.

Qualified Applicants

NExT Level Companies are generally looking for professionals that can deliver value and:

  • Have a post-secondary degree, or professional experience equivalent in the following areas: business, arts or technical capacity. Eg. Psychology, Education, Customer Service, Quality Control, Product Development, Story-telling, User Experience, AI/ML, Industrial Automation, Software Development, Marketing, Communications, Business, Human Resources, and more.
  • Are interested in working in Alberta’s strong and growing tech sector which has created 1000’s of new jobs in 2020 and 2021.
  • Are willing to show the value that they can bring to Alberta’s entrepreneurial tech companies by taking on a small demonstration project – to be completed working independently and/or within the company’s teams.

To be eligible for this Government of Alberta funded programs, individuals must be:

  • Currently under-employed, un-employed, or looking to shift their career to the Alberta tech sector.
  • Are Alberta Residents

Applicants are NOT:

  • Full-time students. Note: Students should see the Technology Alberta FIRST Jobs Program Information.
  • Under 21 years of age.
  • Residing outside of Alberta.
  • Previous participants in the NExT Careers Program. Note: Job seekers can only be funded for one work placement through this program, in order to assist the most job seekers as possible.
  • Previously employed by their prospective NExT Careers Employer.

Successful Applicants who complete this program will:

  • Gain valuable project experience with an Alberta SME technology company, that can help launch their careers in the tech sector (Project Duration: Approx 10 weeks x 10 hours/week)
  • Be able to grow their networks with the 100 participating technology companies
  • Learn more about Alberta’s extensive tech SME community and their career opportunities – through information sessions with Technology Alberta and panel sessions with participating companies.
  • Be provided a stipend of $2,000 for completed project work

Typical projects are:

  • In the areas of business growth, technical need, or communications functions.
  • To be completed remotely.
  • Conducted on a mutually-agreeable flexible part-time basis (eg. approx. 10 hours/week) over a 10 week period sometime between November – March 2022
  • Funded at $2,000/project (for the contracted NExT Level Career Professional).

Program Application Process – 6 Easy Steps

Step 1) Professionals apply to the program (In period where on-line applications are open)

Note:

  • You must have previously set-up a complete and professional LinkedIn Profile in order to submit a complete application.
  • Technology Alberta personnel will provide confirmation (via email) to the successful applicants, confirming their applicability for this free, government-funded program. 

Step 2) Review pre-program session guidance materials

Step 3) Accepted Applicants apply for projects posted by the participating (NExT Level) technology companies

Step 4) NExT Level Companies interview Applicants of interest for their projects

Step 5) Candidates are contracted by employers, and the NExT Level Career Professionals begin their projects. 

Timelines for Pilot Program

(timing subject to change – applicants will be notified)
 

October – May 2022: Applications open
November – May 2022: Confirmation of Eligibility to professionals
November – May 2022: Eligible Professionals apply for jobs on job board
November – May 2022: Companies Interview Eligible Professionals and Issue Offers
November – June 30 2022: NExT Level Careers – Project work with Companies underway

Find more about our past pilot job program, click here.

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