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Building an Autonomous Vehicle Workforce for the Future

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ICTC and Carleton University Co-operative Education partner to create the autonomous vehicles workforce of tomorrow

Ottawa, Ontario — August 1, 2018

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and Carleton University’s Co-operative Education office are pleased to announce a partnership to expand career opportunities for students within the autonomous vehicle (AV) sector and to advance Ottawa’s position as the AV capital of Canada.

This partnership helps to fulfill a core part of ICTC’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL Digital) program by creating high-quality subsidized work placements at AV companies across Canada. This partnership will also strengthen industry-academia collaboration to prepare students for the jobs of the future.

According to the recently published ICTC report Autonomous Vehicles & The Future of Work in In Canada, AVs will create over 34, 000 high-quality jobs in Canada over the next five years. ICTC and Carleton University Co-op are ensuring that Ottawa cultivates the workforce necessary for the future and becomes Canada’s AV capital.

“Our government is putting Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. Through the Student Work Placement Program, we are helping students today get the education and on-the-job experience they need to succeed and build better futures for themselves.”

— The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“We are on the cusp of a new era of transportation that offers tremendous opportunities to realize socio-economic gains for Canada. This is a critical collaboration to nurture and inspire tomorrow’s innovators and industry leaders in a space that is destined to reshape Canada’s competitive advantage in a global economy.”

— Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO

 

About ICTC and WIL Digital

ICTC is a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. It is the trusted source for evidence-based policy advice, forward-looking research, and creative capacity building programs for the digital economy.

ICTC’s WIL Digital Program works with academic institutions and industry to give students the skills needed to work in emerging technology sectors. Over four years, WIL Digital will create over a thousand high-quality work experiences for students across Canada. The program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

About Carleton University

Carleton University is a leading Canadian university actively involved in autonomous vehicle technology, with over 125 researchers from four faculties and 13 university departments, schools and institutes engaged in immensely varied research, with applications as far-ranging as cognitive science, robotics and artificial intelligence, technology innovation management, accurate algorithm predictions, computer security and wireless-based systems.

Carleton University’s Co-operative Education program has been supporting employers and organizations worldwide for over 25 years. Carleton University has dynamic students from over 149-degree programs, streams and concentrations available for work year-round.

CONTACT

Information and Communications Technology Council – Stephanie Wilson, Director, Strategic Outreach 1- 613-850-1395 communications@ictc-ctic.ca

Carleton University Co-operative Education – Courtney Régimbald, Director, Career Development and Co-operative Education, 613-520-6611, courtney.regimbald@carleton.ca

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