Vancouver’s RED Academy Expands to Toronto

Vancouver-based design and technology school RED Academy has is opening a second location in Toronto this May.

Founded by tech entrepreneurs Mandy Gilbert and Colin Mansell, RED Academy will be offering programs in Digital Marketing, UX Design, and Web Development.

“Toronto and Vancouver are among the top cities in North America for job growth in the tech sector,” says Mandy Gilbert. “As the founder of Creative Niche, a technology recruitment firm, it’s been amazing to watch Downtown West and Liberty Village transform into tech hubs. And while more than 100,000 people are now in employed in the industry in Toronto alone, there’s still a significant gap in both skills and people.”

By 2019, more than 68,000 IT occupations will need to be filled in the GTA, and coders and web developers are not the only sought-after roles. Gilbert notes User Experience Designers and Digital Marketers are in high-demand, with currently hundreds of job vacancies.

“There are limited industry-standard resources for those who want to learn UX and digital marketing in Toronto. A lot of companies are asking for custom training to keep their teams up to speed in the digital space,” says Gilbert. 

Colin Mansell, who is based at the Vancouver location, says that the focus of working with real clients on real projects is a key differentiator of RED’s approach to learning.

“Many of our graduates are going on to work at some of Canada’s leading agencies and tech companies,” says Mansell. “We aim to be much more than a school. Our goal is to build an ecosystem for innovation, learning and community.”

RED Academy will offer 12-week programs that prepare students for careers beyond just technical skills. The new 5,300-square-foot location on Wellington Street will initially offer part-time evening and weekend programs starting May 9, with full-time programs set to start in July.