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Create that spark’: Software testing program seeks to increase Indigenous people in IT sector – CBC

PLATO program in Regina sends students directly off to internships; many get jobs

Jul 19, 2019

Saskatchewan has a new six-month software testing program that aims to bring more Indigenous people into the IT industry.

There are 14 students enrolled in the Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization (PLATO) program in Regina. With classes five days a week for 15 weeks, they focus on testing application methodologies.

“At the end of it we think that as far as the testers go we’re on par with pretty much any program in Canada,” said PLATO managing director Denis Carignan.

The program is thanks to a partnership with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council development corporation, FHQ Developments, which was propelled to bring the program to Saskatchewan to address the gap of Indigenous people in the IT sector.

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