Purpose, applied: SAIT joins campaign promoting Canadian polytechnics

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Survey finds Canadian employers need polytechnic graduates.

Hands-on, applied learning in high-demand technical and technology-focused fields — it’s what differentiates a polytechnic education from any other. It’s also the focus of a new awareness campaign from Polytechnics Canada and 11 Canadian polytechnics, including SAIT.

The “Purpose, Applied” campaign sheds light on the benefits of the polytechnic education model to both students and industry. It comes about after new research from Leger, a major Canadian market research company, revealed 90% of employers who hired a polytechnic graduate believed they had made a good choice, while two-thirds of employers said they actively seek out polytechnic graduates when hiring.

These findings support the philosophy SAIT has long embraced — to develop the talent industry needs.

“SAIT’s approach to education has been shaped by the demands of our industry partners throughout our 105-year history,” says Dr. David Ross, President and CEO of SAIT.

“Our graduates leave our classrooms and enter the workforce with the confidence, in-demand skills and real-world experience only a polytechnic can offer.”

POL·Y·TECH·NIC (pälēˈteknik):

an institution of higher education providing technical, applied, hands-on learning; offering applied degrees, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeship training; fueling business innovation with applied research expertise.

The pragmatic learning approach offered by polytechnics will prove even more valuable as the country rebuilds from the impacts of a global pandemic.

“As Canada emerges from COVID-19 and tackles our biggest challenges — an aging population, technology adoption and climate change — polytechnic graduates will be increasingly critical,” says Sarah Watts-Rynard, CEO at Polytechnics Canada, the national association of polytechnic institutions.

“Simply put, our graduates have the pragmatic skills to get things done. Plus, and equally important in this emerging new world, an innovation mindset is truly embedded into polytechnic training.”

Get the polytechnic advantage

SAIT’s programs are rooted in theory and driven by reality. Tech-based skills training in state-of-the-art facilities give students real-world problem-solving skills. And SAIT’s industry-driven curriculums and work-integrated learning ensure students are career-ready the moment they graduate.

It’s why SAIT’s graduate employment rate is 91%.


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