Submitted by Deb Hamblin, Employment Services Manager
These are exciting times for our employment services team at ICA as we leap headlong into spring and see the launch of another new employment program in 2017. The Refugee Training and Employment Program is an 8 week program for Syrians (now Permanent Residents) who came to Canada as refugees. The program, in partnership with the British Columbia Alliance of Manufacturers (BCAM), and funded by the BC-Canada job fund, provides training and a guaranteed job offer in the manufacturing sector at the end of 8 weeks of full-time job preparation. Newcomers participate in lessons on health and safety, take English language training (ESL), and learn how to interact in the Canadian Workplace and how to avoid pitfalls. Classes are conducted in English, for extra English exposure and practice, and are translated into Arabic. Language support is provided throughout the program and into the workplace. Twelve very enthusiastic participants have been selected for the program and we look forward to following them on their journey to their first job in Canada.
Earlier this year we introduced another new program, Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants. Filling a much needed gap for professional newcomers in BC, the program provides support for those trying to navigate the process of re-credentialing and returning to work in their pre-arrival occupation. The majority of Career Paths participants are underemployed in jobs below their education and skill level, and need both financial help and information pertaining to their sector in Canada. The program provides funded skills training and academic upgrading, occupational specific language training, career preparation, and enables newcomers to gain valuable Canadian work experience through practicums and work experiences.
For more information on the Refugee Training and Employment Program please contact Deb Hamblin, Employment Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org . For information on the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants please contact Mirko Kovacev, Employment Case Manager/Facilitator at email@example.com.