What We Do

  • 60-hour program that targets the specific needs of IT workers
  • program designed with input from local IT employers to meet their staff hiring and retention needs
  • cover topics that reflect latest trends in Metro Vancouver’s IT workplace
  • provide opportunity to practise oral and written communication in the IT workplace.
  • teach critical thinking skills expected by employers
  • offer lessons on expressing ideas and opinions effectively
  • guest speakers provide up-to-date information and advice on the local IT industry and jobs
  • link you to ISSofBC’s expert Employer Relations Specialists and hiring events

“I got opportunities to meet employers and recruiters in IT. This was all through workshops , job fairs and networking events organized by ALES@work/ISSofBC. We received first hand information about upcoming events and job opportunities that were not even posted online!” – Martine

You can join if you are:
  • Permanent Resident, Canadian citizen or refugee
  • Have English level of CLB 7 and higher
  • Unemployed, under-employed or working in IT but struggling with communication
  • With Experience and/or training as: Computer Programmer, Database Analyst, Data Administrator, Computer Network Technician
Locations Available


  • Writing formal and informal messages, email and instant messages
  • Speaking, writing (for example, case notes) and taking notes in an IT workplace
  • Pronunciation and intonation support
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Simulations and role-plays:
    • Asking for, giving and receiving feedback
    • Supporting clients through trouble-shooting
    • Inspiring team members
    • Engaging in meetings
    • participating in status reporting
    • Explaining styles of code review
    • Making presentations using slides
  • Career goal-setting

For more information

Email: ales@issbc.org
or call 604-684-2504