A small business in Sydney is looking to expand, but says it can't find anyone to fill the jobs.
Marcato Digital Solutions develops software for the music industry, and has close to 2,000 clients around the world. The company's clients include businesses that do everything from organizing and managing artists, to music festivals and other large events.
Darren Gallop is the co-founder of the company that employs 12 people.
He said his team is made up of local people, but it's getting harder and harder to find people with the right skills on Cape Breton.
“Unfortunately the pool of developers on this island is not good. I mean, it's also a problem across the province and the country, but, yeah, we definitely feel it. It's a skill set that's in high demand, and I know that other tech companies in the region feel the same,” said Gallop.
He said he's tried outsourcing to developers in India, and is currently considering opening a small office of programmers in Chile.
Gallop hopes new programs, such as the new Focus on Information Technology certificate at Riverview High School will help train students for the world of computer programming and other jobs in the information technology sector.
Rhyan Coleman, who works at Riverview High School, said the FIT program is a great opportunity for students to develop a career path in technology.
Gallop says he's confident the new program will help develop future software programmers.
“We definitely feel it’s a skill set that's in high demand and I know that other tech companies in the region are feeling the same,’ he said.
But, he said, it'll be a few years before those students will be ready for hire, leaving him fishing in a shallow pool for now.