Huawei and ComIT Partner to Reduce Barriers for Tech Students
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 30th, 2020 — Huawei Canada is donating 17 Huawei MateBook laptops and 14 Huawei MediaPad tablets to Winnipeg’s ComIT for students that aspire to be the next generation of IT professionals in Canada. These devices will be provided to students in the ComIT program who face unique financial circumstances, making it possible for more students to access IT training opportunities through ComIT.
Founded in 2016, ComIT is a registered tech charity that provides 3-month IT and computer software courses free-of-charge to students seeking to overcome employment barriers. In just under 4 years, 598 students have successfully completed the program already. Upon graduation, ComIT helps to connect the newly trained IT professionals with companies looking for talents in the competitive Canadian job market.
“The benefits of digital technology shouldn’t be available only to those who can afford it,” said Morgan Elliott, VP of Government Affairs at Huawei Canada. “Access to technology is the foundation for innovation and economic growth. Huawei Canada is delighted to partner with ComIT to help bring high-quality technology education to more students who would otherwise be disadvantaged, and help them have an equal opportunity to succeed in the 21st century job market. Tech4All, our global initiative, aims to empower people and organizations via technology and skills training. This donation of 31 devices to ComIT is part of Huawei Canada’s ongoing commitment to help Canada become more digitally inclusive.”
"We are very excited to be working with Huawei Canada to help people change their future for the better. Their contribution of 31 devices will help our students overcome difficulties to access technology and will open many doors for them. This donation will reduce barriers while helping them succeed in training and finding employment," said ComIT Executive Director, Pablo Listingart.
A public webinar will be held by Huawei Canada and ComIT on December 1st 2020 at 1pm CST to discuss solutions to improving access to technology and helping Canadian youth find jobs in the tech sector. The title of the webinar will be “Reducing Barriers for Tech Talent by Connecting the Unconnected" and it will be moderated by BetterCart CEO Melanie Morrison.
ComIT courses target the skills gap in the labour market by focusing on the tools and languages required by local companies, as well as on much needed soft skills and professional development capabilities. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, ComIT teaches IT training courses across Canada but also in Chile and Argentina.
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Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.
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Huawei Canada was established in 2008 and employs more than 1,200 people. Huawei Canada ranks among the Top 20 corporate R&D investors in the country.
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