The School of Continuing Education has 15 free microcredentials available with more on the horizon.
September 19, 2023 — Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering fully funded job-skills-related micro-credentials for workers looking to upskill for their existing jobs or reskilling for a new career through Quick Train Canada. These courses focus on the tools and skills required for workers to succeed as the economy transitions to more sustainable practices.
The Quick Train Canada courses are delivered by Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) and focus on preparing people for work in the agriculture sector, natural resources, transportation, clean tech, construction and other growing areas of the economy.
Edward Hilton, an economic development officer who works with small and medium-sized technology businesses in Ontario, recently completed Sask Polytech’s 15 hour Precision Farming IoT and Other Sensors in Agriculture micro-credential. Hilton is a lifelong learner and was looking for professional development courses online and came across Quick Train Canada. “These micro-credentials are a great, free resource! Everyone should take advantage of the free training that is being offered. The platform is user-friendly and the Internet of Things (IoT) course I took was informative. As far as I know, no one else is offering this training. The course also included links to other relevant readings if you wanted a deeper dive.”
He shares, “I think IoT will have a huge impact on agriculture. It’s good to understand what IoT is and the opportunities it can present to technology businesses in my municipality. Micro-credentials work well for this type of content. People can learn a bit and see how this topic might integrate or impact their business.”
“Quick Train Canada is an exciting national initiative Sask Polytech is proud to lend our expertise to,” says Gerry Youzwa, director of Training Solutions for the School of Continuing Education. “To date 1,100 students have registered for Sask Polytech Quick Train micro-credentials and 250 students have completed their course. We currently have 15 free micro-credentials that are live and 13 more to come in the next three months.”
Since its launch in January 2023, Quick Train Canada has collaborated with member colleges and key industry partners to develop training programs tailored to labour market conditions and workforce requirements in each province and territory. Courses are available to learners across Canada in a variety of formats including online scheduled, online at your own pace, in-person and hybrid teaching models. Registration for courses is now open, with new courses being added weekly.