SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Indigenous students in Sault Ste Marie continue their journey to become software testers.
Local students are kicking off the software tester program provided by PLATO Testing and are remotely joining others in Regina.
PLATO President Denis Carignan says the pandemic has forced a rethink of how the program is delivered.
“This hybrid approach is a first for us. Our instructor in Sault Ste. Marie is delivering the course to both in-person students and others remotely in Regina,” says Carignan. “The new approach also means introducing Indigenous communities from different parts of the country to get to know one another, which is certainly an added benefit.”
The course is being held under local health authority guidelines in order to provide a safe learning environment for students.
PLATO Testing is Canada’s only Indigenous-led and staffed software testing company.
They offer five months of in-class training followed by a three-month paid internship.
Once that’s completed, graduates are offered full-time jobs with PLATO Testing.
“Since we opened our office in the region back in 2019, we’ve established strong partnerships with Indigenous communities including Garden River and Batchewana First Nations and the Métis Nation of Ontario,” says Jennifer Rushton, VP of Lottery Gaming. “These partnerships have helped us assemble a great group of students for our newest class.”