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Gain a new skill for the new year at The HTML500

DH Vancouver Staff Jan 12, 2015 1:51 pm

Canada is facing a growing skills gap. Across the country, the need for digital literacy is increasing as the technology sector thrives. In B.C. alone, there are 84,000 technology jobs and the sector pays 66 per cent higher wages than the industrial average, according to the most recent British Columbia Technology Report Card. There is an increasing demand for basic coding skills from employers across industries. And yet, many job applicants do not posses basic coding skills because digital literacy remains largely inaccessible.

Canadian startup Lighthouse Labs is offering a solution for job applicants and employers alike by taking a giant first step to closing the skills gap through The HTML500, an event where attendees can gain coding skills for the new year. Best of all? It’s free!

Lighthouse Labs co-founders Jeremy Shaki and Khurram Virani are encouraging attendees to bring their resumes and network with participating companies. After creating their own landing page through an easy, hands-on HTML and CSS curriculum, participants can immediately apply for jobs and explore career opportunities at The HTML500’s on-site career fair presented by founding partner, Vancouver Economic Commission.

The career fair is a new feature to The HTML500 experience, boosting networking opportunities between participants and recruiters. TELUS, the event’s national founding partner, will be one of many companies looking for new hires.

The HTML500 is Canada’s largest learn to code event where 500 people can gain basic HTML and CSS skills from Canada’s top 50 tech companies.

Check out the video to learn more about how coding can bring you career opportunities across all sectors, or visit

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DH Vancouver Staff
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