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Are you ready to transition to a career in the agri-food industry?

Join our innovative upskilling program in Saskatchewan, designed for motivated workers who want to join the agricultural food and technology sector. We’ll get you ready for career success in farm robotics, agriculture automation, precision agriculture, and production management. 

Funded and supported by

Automation and Digital Agriculture Specialist Program

Program Manager, Ednali Zehavi

Read our most recent press release on the launch of the program.

About the Program:

The Automation and Digital Agriculture Specialist Program from Palette Skills is an accelerated 2 week full-time + 6 weeks part-time intensive program that gets you up to speed with automation and digitization technologies in agricultural production and processing. We’re training workers ready to hit the ground, giving them the tools they need to identify, manage, and implement technological solutions across the agri-food value chain. 

Designed in consultation with leading agri-tech businesses and key academic partners, the program puts diverse, well-trained talent together with Saskatchewan’s leading agri-tech businesses and start-ups. 

Get ready for hands-on, project-based learning in emerging technologies such as GIS, IoT, drones, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and big data. You’ll also learn and apply business and soft skills, such as project management, business development, collaboration, problem-solving, and job readiness.   

We are committed to a job offer rate of 90%
GET IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Get the skills you need for a great career! We work with hiring partners from fast-growing companies to upskill you quickly with industry-led training.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

We make connections with hiring partners from across Saskatchewan. Learn from industry leaders in workshops led by professionals in the field, and go to networking events with hiring managers from fast-growing companies.

JOB SEARCH SUPPORT

The Automation and Digital Agriculture program gets you up to speed with agri-tech, and helps build your professional skills, giving you the edge in your new career. Get personalized 1:1 career coaching and real-world guidance for navigating the tech and professional services job market in agricultural technology!

GROW YOUR NETWORK

Grow your network and meet great mentors. Many of our speakers and partners are industry leaders and hiring managers at top companies. They’re ready to connect with you and share their stories and advice.

What You'll Learn
  • The Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain
  • Introduction to Digital Agriculture
  • Soil management techniques
  • Precision agriculture
  • Data management and decision making
  • Business management
  • Professional skills and job readiness
Job prospects
  • Precision Agriculture Specialist 
  • Control Systems Specialist
  • Sensor Specialist 
  • Automation technologist 
  • Business Development Representative 
  • Precision Agronomist 
  • Digital Adoption Specialist 
  • Data Analyst 
  • ERP Implementation Specialist
Eligibility
  • Resident of Saskatchwan
  • Legally able to work in Canada
  • Language Requirements: CLB Level 8, or IELTS of 6.5 overall
  • Able to complete assignments and challenges outside class time
  • Committed and ready to join the agri-tech workforce full-time after completing our program
  • Successful completion of a post-graduate statistics course
Career support
  • Scheduled interviews with hiring partners
  • 1:1 job search support
  • Direct leads to job postings
  • Ongoing mentoring
  • Exclusive access to networking events
  • Advice from industry veterans
  • Curriculum tailored to employer’s greatest needs
Upcoming programs

Take the first steps towards your new career

Robotics Farming

Automation & Digital Agriculture Specialist Program

Hybrid (live/online and in-person)
8 weeks
2 weeks full time: 9am-5pm

Select evenings and weekend days and hours

Program cost:

$150 + GST (for a limited time)

Bringing talented people, food and technology together

We’re building awareness around food and agtech, because we believe that technology, people, and innovation belong together when it comes to food.

One of the most exciting things about Canada’s growing agtech sector is that it’s driving a new focus on sustainability throughout the agri-food value chain. So, not only does that mean delivering healthy and delicious food to Canadians and the world, it also means that agriculture can do more to ensure that we’re feeding ourselves and others, while caring for the planet at the same time.

And it’s not just about healthy greens on your table: it’s also about building a part of the economy that can deliver rewarding careers to thousands of Canadians. Join us and our partners, and become a part of revolution in digital agriculture.

Digital Agriculture
Diverse Talent For In-Demand Roles

Are you looking for great candidates in digital agriculture?

Help our candidates get started on the path to one of the fastest growing careers in Saskatchewan.

Join one of our programs as a hiring partner and access a pool of qualified, pre-vetted talent ready to join your team.

Have a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

This is a competitive program that seeks applications from and accepts participants who are movitivated to succeed in a career in the digital agri-food and technology industry. The application process is designed to assess whether applicants have the fundamental soft and technical skills needed to succeed in a career in the industry.

This program is for individuals who are ready to start a full time career in the industry immediately following the program. It is not suitable for those who are studying full time. If you still have a few months to a year left of your ongoing studies we recommend you apply to future iterations of the program.

The course requires a time commitment for two weeks full time (includuing 40 hours per week of classes/project work from 9-5pm and 10 hours of work on your own) followed by six weeks part time (including 10 hours of classes/project work and 5 hours work outside of class).

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis so please apply early! The final deadline for applications is May 22nd, 2022.

If you are committed to transition to a career in the Agri-Food industry (with a different company and role than you are now in) and are able to attend the two intensive weeks and six weeks of part-time sessions (including in-person sessions) you may be eligible to apply.

Application

The application process consists of two main steps. 1. Check the eligibility criteria required and submit an application for the program. 2. If selected, attend an interview where we will assess your fit for the program through behavioural discussion, a challenge interview and verbal skill assessment.

Yes. Interviews are recorded to assist with application decisions. 

We’re looking for people who have foundational training in statistics and comfort with numerancy and technology who are passionate about transitioning or upskilling to a career in the automation digital agricutlure industry. Individuals from many backgrounds can be a fit for the program. We care a lot about the program fit.

Applicants are invited to the interview stage based on several criteria including transferable skills, goal alignment and communication skills. Although the online application for the program is brief, it’s important to respond thoughtfully, in detail, and in full sentences to the questions asked.

Think of the interview like it’s for a job. Dress business casual, and make sure your background is professional. If selected for an interview you will be asked to prepare an assignment to present. This allows us to get an understanding of your interest in and knowledge of the subject area.

Program

During the first two weeks you will be required to attend online classes and complete project work from 9-5pm Monday through Friday. During the second two weeks of the course on evenings and weekends you will have roughly eight hours of scheduled class and project work per week (these exact dates are currently being finalized)

You can expect 10 hours of team or individual reading and homework each intensive week and 5 to 8 hours for each of the part time weeks. Assignments are designed to reflect actual tasks you may be asked to complete on the job.

The program has been valued at $8,000 CAD, and includes the many events, activities, facilitators, and partners who take part in the program.

No. Participants do receive a certificate of completion, as well as top-level training and connections with industry. The sole goal of this program and primary reason to apply is to provide you the tools and support needed to launch a career in the Agri-Food Technology Industry following program completion.

Palette Skills’ programs are demand-driven and designed in partnership with industry and academic leaders. Extensive discussions and design sessions with employers, and academic and industry partners as well as research regarding current and future labour market projections have helped shape the program content with individual assignments mirroring what will be expected of employees in the workplace

You must have access to a laptop or desktop with a good internet in order to fully participate fully in the program.

Industry and Career Success

There is no guaranteed job after the program. But job placement is our #1 metric, so we work with participants to help them transition into new roles. Program staff regularly check in with participants up to 6 months after completion of the program. We are committed to a placement rate of over 90%

Throughout the program we incorporate human-skills training that will prepare you for entering the workforce. This training includes 1:1 coaching, résumé and cover letter review, interview practice, LinkedIn coaching, networking support and more. We also provide the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and hiring managers in the field through networking events, panel discussions and guest speaker sessions.

Palette Skills welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. We are happy to provide accommodations on request. Our goal is to provide access for all applicants throughout the application process and the program.

General

This is a very intense program intended to prepare people with the right foundational abilities and aptitude with the fundamental skills and knowledge required for a career in digital agriculture program. If accepted into the program we expect that those who attend to commit not only to completing the intensive program but to doing homework and putting in the extra effort within and outside the program required to secure a role in the industry.

While class participation is important and valued, we completely understand that people may need to miss the occasional class. To accommodate for absenteeism, we record all lectures so that participants may watch them on their own time. Please note, at the end of each lecture there will be a quiz/assignment that participants must complete to successfully graduate from the program.

Let's Connect

Have questions about the program? We're here to help.

agtech@paletteskills.org

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