AB oil workers have difficulty finding jobs in growing tech sector

August 5, 2016

Alberta’s technology sector is reportedly seeing a growing need for software developers and programmers, reports CBC, but the many available workers from the oil industry are missing the needed skills to become employed in this sector. Peter Garrett, president of Innovate Calgary at the University of Calgary, says that their client list has grown from 100 to 600 entrepreneurs over the past five years, growth that Garrett attributes both to the “downturn in the oil industry” and to students “who are unable to find high-paying jobs downtown.” One of the key issues outlined in the article is the inability to transfer most skills developed in the oil and gas industry to the technology sector. CBC