2016-2017 YI OBJECTIVE:

The overall objective of the YI Program is to support Canadian youth in gaining a wide range of digital skills and to assist them with their transition to the labour market.

We have put together this information so you can review the kinds of work experience and mentorship you need to offer your new interns. Remember, you are training the interns, the interns are not training you. 

Below are some examples of Digital Skills - think APP Development, coding, website setup and hosting, technical/network support), Photo, Video editing, database development, new media. Can you provide mentorship and training so your intern has these new skills at the end of his/her internship?

                                                   From "SHIFT Happens":  Researchers predict that 65% of                                                                  grade schoolers will hold jobs that don't exist yet.

                                                   We are currently preparing students for jobs that do not                                                                    exist using technology that hasn't been invented yet.


                                               The 2016-2017 Youth Internship Program is trying to prepare                                                                                 youth interns for the new workforce.​

​​According to Skillsyouneed.com

What Exactly are Digital Skills?

When considering the digital skills gap, this question is not asked often enough.

Cornell University defines digital literacy as ‘the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet’6.

By this definition, digital skills are any skills related to being digitally literate. Anything from the ability to find out your high-score on Minesweeper to coding a website counts as a digital skill.

What Digital Skills do I Need for the Modern Workplace?

In the modern workplace, digital skills are highly valued; in the future, digital skills will be vital.

The digital age is expanding into all areas of our lives, and it is not just those who work in IT that will need to be alert of this change. The House of Lords have stated that digital skills should be taught as a third core subject, and treated with same importance as numeracy and literacy.

They went on to claim that access to the internet, in the UK, should considered as important as access to water or electricity. Added to this there is the claim that digital skills are entering all areas of work medicine, entertainment, communication and retail are all turning into fields where digital skills are a must.

However, it is not simply the development of old jobs that make digital skills so important in the modern workplace, but the creation of entirely new jobs. There is a genuine fear of a digital skills gap created by the boom in the digital economy versus the amount of people who are trained to work in it. Specifically, the UK needs 750,000 more people with digital skills to capitalise on jobs that could boost the UK economy by 12 billion pounds.

The digital skills gap should not be something to be afraid of. Rather, it is an opportunity for people of all ages – not just young people – to jump into a new sector or to get a better job in their current one. Half of all British IT teachers don’t have a post-A-level qualification that is relevant to IT, and so schools are eager for teachers who have any kind of degree related to computing. Being a person with digital skills, in the current economic climate, has never been more lucrative.

Moreover, attaining these digital skills has never been easier. School coding clubs and professional training companies are happy to fill the gap left by the public sector in terms of digital skills, but there are also ways in which a person can develop their digital skills individually. There are programs and services you can use to make sure that you make the most out of your computer. Having a computer desktop that you can navigate quickly and efficiently is fast becoming more important than having a tidy desk.

Which Jobs Require Digital Skills?

The job search website Indeed has listed HTML5, MongoDB, iOS, Android and Mobile App as the fastest growing keywords found in online posts for jobs.

Coding is a job related to all of these keywords, and it is evidently an industry that is booming, but it is not the only job that requires digital skills. Marketing, customer service, retail, managing, writing and selling are all jobs associated with these keywords and all of those jobs could well require digital skills.

In short, it is safe to assume that almost all jobs will require some level digital skills. Even if they do not, it is wise for jobseekers to insure themselves against the rising need for digital skills in the workplace.

According to Mashable:

  • Setting up a wi-fi network
  • Backing up to the Cloud
  • Basic Photo Editing
  • Basic Video Editing
  • HTML and Basic Coding
  • Setting up a website and domain
  • Converting file formats
  • Online banking
  • Branding yourself

For a student starting a 4 year technical degree this means that...half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.