A new pilot project through the province, IBM, and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will help fund students looking for careers in Nova Scotia's growing tech sector.
The government will invest $2 million for year one of the 6-year program, which is open to up to 80 students in junior high schools that feed into Cole Harbour District High School, J.L. Ilsley High School and Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School
Premier Stephen McNeil said Nova Scotia's tech sector is growing and investing in youth is a priority.
"Creating opportunities for young people to see a future for themselves in Nova Scotia is an important priority for government," he said. "This new and unique program will help address future labour market needs in our province's growing technology sector."
Students will be in the program throughout high school, then the government will cover their tuition as they work toward a two-year technology diploma at NSCC.
During that time, they'll have access to mentorship opportunities, internships and co-operative education placements, then upon graduation, they'll be guaranteed job interviews for IBM openings.
"As business, government and education leaders, we all have a role to play to prepare our students for the new technology-driven opportunities of the future," said Ayman Antoun, president, IBM Canada in a news release. "The skills gap is mounting as new technologies transform industries and jobs."
The program launches in September.