• Second, one of the most important trends is the emergence of occupations that require both ICT skills and skills from another domain. E-health and Business are obvious examples, but there are scores of others. ICT is re-shaping the skill requirements of a great many occupations.
Current statistical measures do not track these changes.
Effective human resources planning require labour market information that is timely, accurate, regionally specific and relevant. Our current statistical resources fall short of meeting that need. It is imperative that industry, governments and statistical agencies address the need for better information.
As part of a national focus to increase Canada’s competitiveness in the global economy, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has provided funding to ITAC to assist with the expansion of labour market information definitions through the ITAC Business Technology Management (BTM) initiative by developing a prioritized list of National Occupational Standards (BTM-NOS) of Learning Outcomes and Competency Standards (LO/CSs) for BTM as a framework for professional education and career development.
• Forms the foundation for professional certifications.
• Enables post-secondary institutions to develop appropriate BTM programs and courses that will produce the necessary skills and competencies required by industry.
• Assists students, employers and their parents to make the right decisions about program choices for themselves, their staff, and children.
• Provides recruiters and HR organizations with the tools needed to develop BTM jobs specifications for industry.
• Forms a basis for data collection and provides the national job bank with occupational standards for mapping and analyzing new BTM related jobs.
• Assists employers to define a career path for employees and to encourage employee retention.
• Increases public awareness of BTM programs as a career option and as a strategic move to address current and anticipated gaps in industry.
• Increases the enrolment and graduation rates of BTM professionals.
Download BTM National Occupational Standards and Body of Knowledge
This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program