Vancouver Economic Commission

Vancouver Economic Commission

January 23, 2015 10:00 ET

Vancouver Economic Commission Takes Career Fair on the Road as Part of Premier Learn-to-Code Event, The HTML500

Vancouver tech companies hope to court Calgary's newly-minted coding talent to help fill some of Vancouver's hottest and most lucrative jobs

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 23, 2015) - The HTML500, the largest learn to code event in Canada, is headed to Calgary. The extremely popular event launched last year in Vancouver, where over 1,500 people were waitlisted after all 500 spaces were filled. This year the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is upping the ante for attendees of the event by funding an on-site career fair that puts Calgary coding graduates face-to-face with tech employers from Vancouver. With over a dozen employers attending the event, the fair is a critical addition to ensure top talent is secured for Vancouver's booming tech industry.

"Vancouver has become one of the largest tech centres in North America, and tech is one of the fastest growing segments of our City's economy, so we have a challenge that our demand far exceeds our supply of talent," said Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission. "In addition to working locally to court employees, we are so confident in what Vancouver has to offer in terms of opportunity, that we are taking VEC's career fair on the road with HTML500 to actively court coding graduates across Canada. "

There are thousands of open jobs in tech, innovation and digital entertainment right now and coming up in the next few quarters. The HTML500 platform will provide some immediate relief for local companies looking to fill these positions, and also increase the long-term supply by motivating future generations to code.

Some of Vancouver's hottest and fastest growing tech companies will be attending the career fair, offering exclusive access for coders to apply their in-demand skills in local tech jobs, with starting salaries nearly 70 percent higher than the industrial average, including Riipen, a service helping businesses find the right talent and tomorrow's grads find top-tier jobs. Riipen is aiming to take on 10 new employees.

Over a dozen of other companies will join Riipen on the hunt for top talent including TELUS, VEC, Futurpreneur, The Personnel Department, AURO, and Canadian Web Hosting.

"In addition to hiring for positions with Riipen, our platform matches job seekers, regardless of what city they live in now, to over 60 Vancouver businesses like Sun Life Financial and PlentyOfFish," said Richard Tuck, CEO of Riipen. "Programs like The HTML500 and tech focused career fairs will help us achieve our strong demand for technical talent and growth plans for the years to come."

The VEC will be bringing growing and established Vancouver tech companies - ones that continue their quest to fill immediate job openings - with them across Canada for the career fair.

Tour stops include:

  • Calgary, AB: January 31, 2015, Red and White Club, U of Calgary

  • London, ON: February 7, 2015, London Convention Centre

  • Toronto, ON: February 22, 2015, Mars Discovery District

Added McKay: "In addition to The HTML500, the Vancouver Economic Commission will continue to seek out effective ways in 2015 to connect local companies with the employees and partners, from across Canada and beyond, that will be needed to keep up momentum in driving our City's tech sector forward."

About the Vancouver Economic Commission

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) works to strengthen the city's economic future by supporting existing businesses, attracting foreign investment and promoting international trade. The VEC strives to position Vancouver as a globally recognised city for innovative, creative and sustainable businesses.

About Lighthouse Labs and The HTML500

Lighthouse Labs is an immersive coding education boot camp that provides hands-on training in web and mobile software development. Through a mixture of lecture and lab environments, students are given the opportunity to work on open source and real world projects with the support of instructors. Students acquire practical coding skills in multiple programming languages that prepare them to enter the workforce after this intensive 8-week training program. Lighthouse Labs created The HTML500 to champion digital literacy in Canada. The HTML500 gives access to anyone who is looking to make the first step towards digital literacy.

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