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Palette Skills receives a grant from TD Bank Group to help address talent shortages in the tech sector

National nonprofit and leading provider of innovative upskilling programs Palette Skills receives generous grant from TD Bank Group.
Toronto, ON. March 27, 2023 – Palette Skills is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $400,000 from TD Bank Group (TD).

Palette Skills is a national nonprofit and a leading provider of upskilling programs designed to connect Canada’s most innovative companies with the talent they need to grow. This grant will directly support Palette Skills’ SalesCamp Program, a comprehensive B2B tech sales training program designed to provide Canadians looking to make a career change or those transitioning into their first tech sales job with no prior industry experience.

The grant will expand SalesCamp’s operations and community engagement efforts to further increase income stability and employment opportunities for mid-career and underemployed individuals. These new engagement efforts will focus on individuals from underrepresented populations such as women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, LGBTQ2S+ people, people with disabilities, veterans, and Canadians living in rural communities.

“We believe that access to skills and knowledge is a critical driver of progress, and the rapid pace of change in the job market makes upskilling more important than ever,” said Palette Skills’ CEO, Rhonda Barnet. “With TD’s support, we will be able to expand our program and reach more people, empowering them to take control of their careers and secure their financial future.”

This grant will help employers discover untapped talent, increase their hiring pipelines, and reduce onboarding costs. By providing individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and connections, Palette Skills creates a pool of highly skilled and motivated workers ready to thrive in a continuously transforming job market.

“At TD we want to help prepare people for the jobs of tomorrow by investing in organizations that offer new skills training geared towards improving income stability,” said Robyn Small, Senior Manager, Philanthropy, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “That’s why through the TD Ready Commitment, we’re proud to support Palette Skills, a national nonprofit organization that is focused on providing upskilling programs like SalesCamp to help create new career paths for untapped, diverse talent. By helping support new skills training, our hope is that individuals from equity deserving groups will be able to prepare for the jobs and careers of tomorrow.”

SalesCamp is an intensive and effective six-week virtual upskilling program that trains and supports mid-career workers to gain skills and jobs in B2B tech sales. SalesCamp has successfully transitioned hundreds of Canadians in multiple provinces into the growing technology sector. SalesCamp incorporates live instructions, demonstrations, practice assignments, networking opportunities, job search support, and employer connections.

TD has been targeting C$1 billion by 2030 towards community giving in areas that support change and contribute to the success of individuals and communities. In addition to this grant, Palette will be working closely with TD to provide their colleagues with opportunities to volunteer their time in support of the SalesCamp program including through mentorship, workshops and panel talks. Palette Skills is proud to be among the organizations benefiting from the Bank’s support which will help drive impact of our SalesCamp program.

About Palette Skills

Palette Skills is a national nonprofit whose purpose is to help Canada’s most innovative companies access untapped talent through industry-led rapid upskilling programs. Powered by a consortium of national business associations, leading academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations, Palette works to catalyze a network of partners to adopt new best practices in industry-led upskilling approaches.

Contact:

Alexandra Yallouz
Senior Advisor, Communications and Public Relations
Palette Skills
alex@paletteskills.org

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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.

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