Saskatchewan Polytechnic Digital Transformation in Applied Learning

Future Skills Centre is investing $951,344 in Sask Polytech’s two-year project digital transformation project

April 7, 2021 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic received $951,344 from the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre as part of the Shock-proofing the Future of Work partnership. Sask Polytech is one of 64 innovation projects to receive funding from the Future Skills Centre.

The Sask Polytech Digital Transformation in Applied Learning project will introduce innovation in online learning for current post-secondary programs from the information technology, agriculture and food chain supply, health care, manufacturing and warehousing sectors. These Sask Polytech training programs will provide a virtual, supportive, connected experience and increase student success, allowing learners to gain the skills needed to find and keep good, well-paying jobs.

Pedro Barata, executive director of the Future Skills Centre, says that introducing online learning to existing programs provides a supportive and connected experience that increases success and enables people to gain skills needed for good, well-paying jobs. “This virtual learning initiative for Indigenous peoples, newcomers, persons with disabilities and women – those often disproportionately marginalized in the labour market – is a perfect example of the programs FSC is investing to support employers, service providers and under-represented groups in the labour market. This innovative learning experience provides greater flexibility and ensures that learners are supported, connected and engaged throughout their training experience. This is just one of the exciting shock-proofing projects that FSC is investing in to build a future playbook for shared prosperity, and help Canadian workers and businesses seize opportunities in our future economy.”

“Access to education and training is key to a healthy, thriving economy,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO. “Applied learning has traditionally been delivered in person, but the pandemic has disrupted this approach. This digital transformation project will provide our students with a more flexible, online delivery model that does not compromise the applied aspects of their learning. We are excited to be a part of the Shock-proofing the Future of Work partnership.”

Sask Polytech’s Digital Transformation in Applied Learning program will support lifelong learning. This program has been created specifically with Indigenous peoples, newcomers, persons with disabilities and women in mind, to address the needs of those often disproportionately marginalized in the labour market. This enhanced, online learning experience will provide greater flexibility and ensure that learners are engaged throughout their virtual training experience.

Sask Polytech will share more information on registration for these programs in the near future.

Learn more on the Future Skills Centre website: Future Skills Centre announces $32 million for projects to help Canadian workers gain skills as part of shock-proofing the workforce of the future.