SFIA

Do you employ ICT educated or experienced immigrants or would you consider doing so?

According to the "THE SMART ECONOMY RESHAPING CANADA'S WORKFORCE: LABOUR MARKET OUTLOOK 2015-2019" published by ICTC (The Information and Communications Technology Council): over 30% of ICT workers in Alberta are immigrants. The same report predicts that Alberta will have to fill 17,300 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 10,600 in Calgary, over 4,000 in Edmonton, and over 2,500 in rest of Alberta. It is expected that some of these positions will be filled by International Educated or Experienced people (IEP). For Alberta and Alberta companies to benefit from immigration of ICT practitioners, those practitioners need to be employed at the appropriate level for their education and experience.

CIPS Alberta, in discussions with the Government of Alberta, has proposed using an assessment tool called SFIA (Skills Framework for Information Age) to help determine if IEP ICTs are being employed at an appropriate level. SFIA skill level descriptions provide a common language across all levels of ICT. It is currently used in 195 countries. CIPS is an accredited partner of the Skills Framework for the Information Age Foundation. CIPS has four people in Alberta trained as SFIA assessors.

We are undertaking an initial study to determine if employers, immigrants and immigration services would make use of the capability to assess ICT practitioner skills to successfully place people in the right position at the appropriate level. If this can become a financially sustainable program, then we will receive a grant to build the infrastructure (website and database) for immigrant and potential immigrant assessment results.

Please complete the short survey to provide us with the required information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Are you an Internationally Educated or Experienced ICT practitioner?

When you immigrated to Canada, did you find an Information and Communications Technology position at the right level for your education and experience? Do you think that an assessment of your skill level would have assisted you in finding a position at the right level?

CIPS is an accredited partner of the Skills Framework for the Information Age Foundation (SFIA --- pronounced SoFIA) (www.sfia-online.org). In discussions with the Government of Alberta, we have suggested that assessing the experience of immigrants or potential immigrants to SFIA's competency levels of skills used in the practice of Information and Communications Technology. SFIA skill level descriptions provide a common language across all levels of ICT. It is currently used in 195 countries.

CIPS has four people in Alberta who are trained as SFIA assessors. We are doing an initial study to determine if employers, immigrants and immigration services would make use of the capability to assess ICT practitioner skills to successfully place people in the right position and at the appropriate level. If this can become a financially sustainable program, then we will receive a grant to build the infrastructure (website and database) for immigrant and potential immigrant assessment results.

Please complete the short survey to provide us with the required information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

CIPS Alberta Board