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PLATO Testing launches software tester training course for Indigenous people

September 13, 2021


On September 1, 2021, PLATO Testing, Canada’s first Indigenous-led and staffed IT services firm, announced the launch of its Indigenous Software Tester Training Course in Victoria, in partnership with the Government of British Columbia, Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), and Deloitte Canada. The course is set to commence in November 2021.

PLATO has launched a recruitment campaign seeking potential candidates for the course in Victoria. Applications to the program are open to Indigenous applicants with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent experience. PLATO provides all the equipment to complete the course, including laptops.

This is the first time that PLATO Testing’s program is going to be offered to Indigenous peoples living in Victoria and the surrounding areas. The program uses a “train-and-employ model,” which consists of five months of in-class software testing training, followed by a three-month internship with the Government of British Columbia. Course graduates are guaranteed a full-time job with PLATO.

The company’s goal is to build a network of 1,000 Indigenous software testers across Canada. It has currently trained over 150 Indigenous software testers, many of whom currently work for PLATO in and around their home communities.

By: Rebecca Ro


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