Palette Skills launches program to upskill business and technology talent into Saskatchewan’s growing automation and digital agriculture space

Today, Palette Skills, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan and Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI) announced the launch of the Automation and Digital Agriculture Specialist Program. With a co-investment from Protein Industries of Canada, it is a new rapid upskilling program to help employers in the Agri-Food sector find skilled talent to fuel the growth of their businesses.

Today, Palette Skills, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan and Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI) announced the launch of the Automation and Digital Agriculture Specialist Program. With a co-investment from Protein Industries Canada, it is a new rapid upskilling program to help employers in the agri-food sector find skilled talent to fuel the growth of their businesses.

The program upskills highly motivated workers looking to transition and advance into the agri-food sector. Upskilled workers can expect to develop careers in technology and business, agriculture automation, precision agriculture, and production management. The program is highly suitable for people who come from Indigenous communities, newcomers to Canada, recent postgraduates, and experienced professionals looking to transition to the growing and exciting agri-food sector.

This accelerated 8-week program targets automation and digitization technologies in agricultural production and processing facilities. It will allow candidates to specialize in identifying, managing, and implementing technologies to solve challenges and improve efficiencies across the agri-food value chain. This program is dedicated to providing the sector’s highest-growth firms with the diverse and well-trained talent they need to scale and grow. The entire program has been built in consultation with employers and industry representatives.

The program provides project-based learning in emerging technologies in agri-food such as GIS, IoT, unmanned aerial vehicles, artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors and big data. Participants learn and apply business and soft skills throughout the program, including project management, business development, teamwork and collaboration, problem-solving, and job readiness.    

“We know employers need talent with the right foundational skills, and who possess a strong drive and desire to build careers in the agri-food industry. These are high-potential, resilient professionals who can help build relationships to drive business and streamline processes using new technologies,” said AJ Tibando, Executive Director of Palette Skills.

To meet the needs of the sector, Palette Skills leverages its successful upskilling model, consulting with industry partners to determine highly sought-after skills in the industry, and develop solutions to meet these needs. As a leader in agricultural research and education, the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan supports the program’s design and industry engagement. EMILI welcomes the partners’ industry engagement, as well as the integration of digital agriculture skills.

Dr. Trever Crowe, Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources commented, “Being responsive to the needs of industry stakeholders and employers is a traditional hallmark of the academic programming at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. This upskilling program led by Palette Skills will help learners from diverse disciplines become aware of and proficient in agricultural automation and digital agriculture, talents that agri-food companies need to scale into new global markets.”

As Canada’s agri-food sector evolves, so do the talent and skills needed to support it,” Protein Industries Canada CEO Bill Greuel said. “Today’s employees often need to understand how data and digital tools are being incorporated into everything from on-farm agriculture to food manufacturing. By having increased access to the right skills and talent, trailblazing companies across the country can increase their workforce, expanding their production and, as a result, growing Canada’s plant-based food and ingredient ecosystem.”

For more information on the pilot, and Palette Skills programs, please visit our website at www.paletteskills.org/agtech or contact Ednali Zehavi, Program Manager, ednali.zehavi@paletteskills.org.

About Palette Skills:

Palette Skills is a national nonprofit funded in part by the Government of Canada. Palette Skills helps organizations access untapped labour markets and create pathways to career growth through industry-led accelerated upskilling programs. We work with over 100+ strategic partners across the country, including industry associations, economic development organizations and post-secondary institutions to identify demand, recruit participants, and deliver programs to transition talented individuals into Canada’s fastest growing industries.

About the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is located in Saskatoon, Sask., on Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. Research, teaching and learning at USask are enhanced by its array of world-class centres and facilities. A range of excellent programs, from business, law and public policy to engineering, agriculture, medicine and veterinary medicine, positions USask to bring unique perspectives to key global challenges. With more than 25,700 students from around the globe, our strong community and well-recognized experts will continue to drive USask to be the university the world needs.

Media Contact:

Chloé Roussel,
VP, Public Affairs Palette Skills

Apply to the program today: www.paletteskills.org/agtech


Subscribe Newsletter

Keep up to date & stay in touch with all things Palette Skills

Recent posts
Upskill Canada

Stay ahead in turbulent times by upskilling for a new career

During tough times, businesses cut back on new spending and where it happens at all, it’s directed at areas considered vital for survival and future growth. Workforces that made sense during the good times are let go, while talent pools that benefitted from optimistic growth scenarios are pared back. If you’ve been working in the service sector or in other occupations squeezed by the slump, this may be one of the reasons you’re considering a new career.

Read More »

Eligibility for SalesCamp

To be admitted and accepted into the program, you must be:
  • Be actively searching for work and ready to take on employment opportunities tech sales.
  • Be able to legally work in Canada. 
  • Not be a full-time student.
  • Be a highly motivated individual actively seeking out new opportunities.
  • Have least 3 years of formal work experience in Canada or abroad.
  • Have an English language rating of CLB Level 8, or IELTS of 6.5 overall.
  • Be available for Zoom sessions, many of which will be full-time.
  • Be able and committed to attending networking day events as part of regular programming.
  • Be comfortable using technology and learning online.
  • Live or intend to live in the province where the program is being offered.
  • Have a reliable internet connection, device, and a quiet environment for virtual learning.
  • Be committed and able to join the Canadian workforce full-time immediately following the program.
You may not be eligible if:
  • You do not pass our application and/or interview skills assessment. 
  • You are not actively searching or able to start a job in business-to-business tech sales.
  • You are not able to legally work in Canada.
  • You do not reside in the province where the program is operating.
  • You are going to school full-time.
  • You do not have three years of work experience outside of your studies.
  • You are interested in taking SalesCamp solely for learning purposes, but are building your own business and not intending to work in the field.

Download the Fact Sheet

Download the Fact Sheet

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to receive updates, promotions, and sneak peaks of upcoming course. Plus 20% off your next order.

Promotion nulla vitae elit libero a pharetra augue