EDGE UP (Energy to Digital Growth Education and Upskilling Project) is a short-duration, experiential-based learning program for Oil and Gas professionals who have been displaced from the Oil and Gas sector in Calgary. By building on your existing skillset and experiences, EDGE UP will help you take advantage of high-demand, high-growth digital technology employment opportunities across all industries in Calgary. The best training pathway will be identified for each participant based on validated skills mapping data. Selected participants will work through multiple phases of the program, as outlined in the table below. All training streams help participants build a path to employment and improve labour market integration outcomes for the ICT sector. The training is funded by the Future Skills Centre and is provided at no cost to eligible participants.

Click here for more information.

The Program

Phase Program
Phase I Transition to Tech Training (8 days)
Phase II Foundations of Digital Transformation Training (14 hours)
Phase III Technical Training (3-4 months; full-time weekdays) (currently, Data Analytics is is available)
Phase IV Foundational Overview: Clean Technology (30 hours)
Phase V Work Integrated Learning – Two Types
Part 1 – Capstone Project (2-3 weeks);
participants paid through stipend
Part 2 (if employer available) – WIL Digital Program***
(2-4 months); participants eligible for wage subsidy
***not a guaranteed part of the program

During the program, students must be able to support themselves for up to six months in this full-time training program and must be committed to finding full-time employment upon completion of training. The program is funded for successful applicants. Currently, only Data Analytics is being offered. Please see below for the program outline.

Program participants must have access to a personal laptop and high-speed internet.


Past Training Programs


Exterior photo of University of Calgary

Product Management with a Specialization in Digital Product Marketing


This program is designed to help participants acquire product management knowledge and skills. The role of product manager includes many activities, from strategic to tactical. This program covers various concepts, tools, and techniques specific to product management, which can help a product manager push a company’s product to the next level of performance. Participants in this program will also acquire a Digital Marketing specialization.

Download Program Plan

Exterior photo of SAIT

Data Analytics with Cleantech Foundations


This program is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitude for participants to apply fundamental principles of data analytics to support business decision-making processes by creating accurate and meaningful data to provide actionable insights. Foundational knowledge of the cleantech landscape and the principles of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) across multiple perspectives will guide participants in understanding a number of clean technologies and examine and explore their impacts and viability

Download Program Plan

Cyber Security for Today’s World


This program will prepare individuals to enter the security profession with confidence and solid fundamental knowledge to help businesses identify information security threats and risks.

Download Program Plan

Data Analytics


This program is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitude for participants to apply fundamental principles of data analytics to support business decision-making processes, creating accurate and meaningful data to provide actionable insights.

Download Program Plan

Exterior photo of SAIT
Exterior photo of Bow Valley College

Full Stack Software Development


This program is designed to give participants the skills needed to enter the software development workforce. The program is designed to give a strong foundation that ensures success in a fast growing and ever-changing field.

Download Program Plan

IT Network Management


The need for networking skills is expanding as we move to a more connected world. This program allows graduates to succeed in numerous networking roles such as network engineer/architect and network administrator. Using the Cisco Network Academy this will prepare graduates to work in all these in demand jobs and roles.

Download Program Plan

Exterior photo of MRU

Cloud Computing


Amazon Web Services (AWS) re/Start helps participants build technical skills, including Linux, Python, networking, security and relational database skills. Through scenario-based learning and hands-on labs, learners gain the technical skills needed for entry-level cloud roles.

Download Program Plan

Exterior photo of MRU

Is EDGE UP right for you?

All EDGE UP 2.0 training streams are now full. Take the self-assessment eligibility questionnaire below to add your name to our waitlist. Please note, you will only be contacted should any additional training opportunities arise. We encourage you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions regarding program eligibility and expectations before applying.

You can also check out the Mapping Calgary’s Digital Future report which was used to develop the tools on the Calgary Upskill website to explore your career transition. The Skills Matching Tool was developed based on a study, through collaborative efforts between the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and Calgary Economic Development, conducted to better understand the most in-demand digital careers. Use the tool to learn how your skills match with in-demand tech roles.

Take the self-assessment eligibility questionnaire


To be considered for the program, you must meet all of the eligibility criteria. Although program tuition is funded by Future Skills Centre, it is not eligible for student loans or living allowance. For applicants who are currently on EI or are eligible for EI, contact a Service Canada representative as soon as possible to see how training through EDGE UP will affect your claim.


More Information

Close Bitnami banner