A new and exciting opportunity to supercharge skills development in digital technologies
We’re launching a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Technologies (BASc) program in which learners will work in a full-time job and study at the same time. Approximately 20 per cent of their work time will be dedicated to theoretical, in-class learning, delivered during five-day block periods every six-to-seven weeks. The rest of their work hours will be spent in the workplace where academic learning will be continually applied and integrated as they gain experience and contribute to their employer’s goals.
This unique work-based degree program can be used not only to upskill your existing employees, but also attract new talent to your business. Through a high-quality education combined with work-integrated learning, learners will gain knowledge that can be directly and immediately applied to the workplace, adding value to your organization from day one. Check out our press release about the program to learn more.
The design and development of York’s Digital Technologies degree program was a collaborative process between Lassonde and a visionary group of businesses, companies, public sector organizations, and industry associations known as “Trailblazers.” Senior technology experts from these organizations contributed to curriculum and learning outcomes, ensuring the program delivers the required knowledge, skills and professionalism of graduates. So, you can be assured that this program addresses your needs now and in the future. In addition to the Trailblazers listed below, CIO Strategy Council and TECHNATION Canada were instrumental in brokering consultation across the sector.
Our Trailblazers, representing various sectors and sizes, include:
Ceridian, CGI, Cinchy Inc., Cisco Canada, Connected (Connected.io, Now part of Thoughtworks), EY Canada, General Motors of Canada Company, IBM Canada, mimik Technology Inc., RBC, Saa Dene Group, Shopify Inc., TELUS Health, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and TribalScale Inc.
What are the benefits?
Attract new high-quality talent who bring fresh ideas, knowledge, and skills to help your business remain competitive by offering them a competitive paid salary and opportunity to study.
Drive high levels of employee retention and fill skills gaps by supporting existing employees who wish to improve their theoretical understanding, build their skills, and earn an internationally recognized, quality assured degree qualification.
Increase employee access to the latest expertise, knowledge and resources that a university can provide by developing a collaborative working partnership with Lassonde School of Engineering and York University.
Recruit a more diverse talent base and improve social mobility by removing financial barriers to postsecondary education for learners who will earn a salary throughout the four-year program.
A successful model in the UK
Although this is new to Canada, this model is highly successful in the UK. The first tranche of the UK programs was rolled out in 2015 with 756 learners across the UK and has now grown to ~22,500 learners. The majority of higher education providers in England offer these types of programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
This program is for both students, including recent high school graduates, and employees in the workforce who want to work towards a Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Technologies. A learner has three choices of specialization routes that equip them with the precise skills needed to excel in a career as a software developer, cyber security analyst or data scientist.
Learners study a core set of courses with flexible elements that businesses can choose to meet their ongoing requirements. Learners are expected to spend 20% of their contracted working hours in training (or approximately 12 hours per week). This could be in the form of day release or block release for on-campus attendance or time to study online. The program operates fully over a calendar year and takes four years to complete. Your employee will be one of 100 other learners from a range of organizations from SMEs to large multinational organizations from a variety of sectors.
Visit our learner page to find out more.
Our program includes support for your employee via a Personal Workplace Coach and an Academic Coach. Each employer will assign a Company Mentor for the duration of the four-year program and support the employee by allowing them sufficient study time and access to resources or work experience related to their study so that they have every chance to succeed.
Employees must be paid at least the minimum wage appropriate to their age and job/role. As your employee, they will have the same benefits as your other employees. An additional cost is the course tuition fees, which are either paid by the learner (who may be eligible for OSAP) or the employer.
If you’re using this to attract new talent into your business, you are in complete control of who you employ. The university will play a small part in the recruitment process as we do need to ensure the learner meets the entry requirements to the academic program to ensure they’re set up to succeed.
We start our program with “professional skills” to help build communication, team building, and time management strengths, etc. The Personal Workplace Coach, Academic Coach, and Company Mentor are instrumental in helping to facilitate this transition.
A new learner can remain employed if you wish to keep them on. You’ve got the time to see if they’re a good fit for your company. If you’re upskilling an existing employee, you’ve developed their skills and provided an opportunity to retain them.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Technologies will begin in September 2023.
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