Building capacity in the digital economy

UVic has partnered with Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster to address the digital skills gap and issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion in engineering and computer science sectors.

Your experience and ideas are critical.

The insights you share will help inform how post-secondary institutions and industry work together to build and continuously improve digital skill development, while opening new pathways for people who are currently underrepresented in the industry.

Get involved

Complete a short survey: 

The survey is now closed. Thank you to all employers who participated. We are currently analyzing the survey data and will be sharing the information with you shortly.

Congratulations to the following employers who were selected in a random draw to win a complementary booth a UVic’s Hi-Tech Co-op and Career Farin in 2022 (valued at $800 per booth):

  • Pacific GeoTech
  • M3 Mechanucal
  • Queen’s Printer
  • Acutonix

Hire a co-op student: Are you interested in learning how a co-op student can help you in your workplace? Our co-op students are bright, motivated and trained in the newest theories and technologies. There are also many funding opportunities to help you hire a student. Learn more about being a co-op employer or reach out to the co-op + career office at

Participate in a focus group: This fall, we will be hosting one-hour, topic-driven focus groups to explore survey findings with employers and students. All participants will eligible to win one of two co-op student subsidies for 2022 (value of $5,000 each). Register for a focus group.

Project overview

Through this partnership, we hope to:

  • Identify the skills gaps in the digital technology economy and explore how post-secondary institutions and industry can collaborate to bridge the gap.
  • Increase opportunities for students to develop skills through co-op placements.
  • Create new pathways to meet industry needs and create a future talent pipeline.
  • Explore solutions to barriers faced by underrepresented groups in engineering and computer science to support greater diversity, capacity and innovation in the field.

Project overview PDF


Spring 2021: Employer and student surveys

Summer and fall 2021: Co-op placements

Fall 2021: Focus groups

December 2021: Data analysis

Spring 2022: Share findings and outcomes

Learn more

Literature reviews:


If you have questions please contact the Project Manager Patricia at

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