Our Objectives

  • Identify the soft skills that IT organizations need to thrive in today’s evolving future of work through Focus Groups with other IT leaders
  • Empower the workforces of Small and Medium IT companies through providing fully-funded customized soft skills training
  • Create a toolkit of soft skills training resources for employers in the tech sector, distributed through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

“Empowering Employers for the Future of Work” (EEFW) is a national research project for the tech sector, funded by ESDC to empower the Canadian IT workforce through soft skills development.

With the move to hybrid and remote work and more diverse teams coming together, strengthening soft skills such as communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and adaptability has become more important than ever before.

Our expert team of Training Specialists will work with select organizations to create and deliver data-driven, customized soft skills training, tailored for their IT workforce. Small and medium IT employers located in BC are eligible.

Contact the ‘Empowering Employers for the Future of Work’ team to get started: 
Complete an Inquiry Form
Telephone: 778-372-6554  
Email: empower@issbc.org

How you can be involved
  • Take part in our Employer Focus Groups. IT leaders - join an Employer Focus Group to discuss where the future of soft skills is headed and contribute to the research.
  • Connect with the “Empowering Employers for the Future of Work” team if you are interested in exploring how we can support the development of soft skills at your organization.
What you will receive:
  • Relevant and insightful discussions, networking opportunities with industry peers in the technology sector, an opportunity to contribute to the community of learning, and a summary report of all focus group findings.
  • 40-hours of tailored synchronous and asynchronous training for tech employees (targeted to individual or specific team needs), and 10-hours of leadership training for your IT team leads. You will have access to training resources for future onboarding and professional development.

“Never has the ability to adapt been more important than now. Skills for Success will allow more Canadians to improve their skills, find a job and be able to adapt when needed. This modern and innovative approach to essential skills is what Canadian workers need and what our economy needs as we work to recover from this pandemic. Our goal is to leave no one behind and for all Canadians to thrive in the workplace.” – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough (Quote Link)



What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson