[oclug] OTI's Work Experience Program
tinkpen at sympatico.ca
Sat Oct 27 18:19:21 EDT 2007
The Ottawa Talent Initiative (OTI) recently launched its Work Experience
program, which seeks to both small to medium sized organization
(including non-profits) and unemployed/underemployed Technology workers.
The press release is below. As the developer of this program, as well as
it’s first successful graduate, I can speak honestly about how well it
works. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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We are pleased to announce a new work experience program at the Ottawa
Talent Initiative that we feel may be of interest to you. This program
will provide the opportunity for small and medium sized organizations
access to high quality talent at little or no cost, while offering
unemployed/underemployed technology workers vital, hands-on experience.
We have already received considerable interest in the program, and are
seeking companies to help make this a success.
This program will provide you access to experienced technology experts
to help you complete short-term projects, the duration of which shall be
agreed upon between the employer and the technology worker.
To become involved in this program, please register your company on our
website by clicking on the Work Experience link. Interested technology
workers can view these opportunities and apply directly to your company.
The process is then similar to paid contracts or employment, with the
employer reviewing the candidate’s resume and references, and conducting
an interview prior to engaging them.
Gary Davis, Executive Directory of the OTI states: “Contrary to popular
mythology the high tech unemployment issues have not disappeared. There
are still large numbers of IT high tech workers facing employment
challenges. Many workers are still caught in a cycle whereby they
cannot gain work because they lack the necessary experience but are
unable to gain that experience because no one will hire them.”
Tim Inkpen, an OTI alumni who developed the Work Experience Program
concept at OTI, states “This program creates a win-win situation for
both organizations and the unemployed/underemployed. This program offers
businesses and non-profit organizations access to a huge range of talent
from programmers to project managers to engineers. The OTI has been a
leader in creating innovative programs for technology workers and
allowed people like me to gain valuable job experience.”
To learn more about the Work Experience Program, please contact Neil
Frenkel at 613.254.9914 or visit our website HYPERLINK
Ottawa Talent Initiative
About the OTI
The Ottawa Talent Initiative (OTI) is a non-profit organization
dedicated to supporting the growth of Ottawa's high tech sector by
working with employers and high tech workers to help create job
opportunities. The organization’s mission is to accelerate the return of
high tech workers to sustainable employment in Ottawa. OTI achieves this
through a number of effective programs, seminars, networking and
employment engagement opportunities.
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