Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Small Business Digitization Initiative

Mentor Application Form

The Small Business Digitization Initiative (SBDI) is a training program that connects youth and small businesses together to solve real employer digital adoption challenges. The initiative provides training for in-demand skills to unemployed and underemployed post-secondary students to prepare them for the digital workplace, while providing businesses with enthusiastic and knowledgeable talent to implement smart technology solutions to support their innovation.

The program features 24 weeks of full-time training, including an experiential work placement – where each participant is uniquely matched with a small business, applying in-class theory to solve a real business challenge, and strategizing and implementing smart digital business solutions with the goal of reducing operating costs, improving day to day operations, and/or providing customers with better experiences. Youth will attain transferable workplace skills in project management; data analytics and intelligence; entrepreneurship; enterprise resource planning (ERP) (including principles of sales and marketing and accounting) and will strategically evaluate business operations to empower companies by implementing technology solutions.  

As a mentor, you will be able to connect with talented young individual and help them enhanced their digital and business management skills, as well as develop a better career path in the digital economic.

Application Process

1. Complete your online application form.

2. ICTC staff will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your registration and walk you through the process.

3. If you are successfully accepted by the program, you will receive a welcome package via email with detailed instructions.

Basic Criteria

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Mentor Profile

My knowledge and experience are in the following area(s): *

How did you hear about us?

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For more information, please contact digitalconnect@ictc-ctic.ca