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Working with newcomer clients? Check out these 6 webinars
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Working with newcomer clients? Check out these 6 webinars

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Immigrants and refugees can face unique barriers compared to other jobseekers when entering the Canadian workforce. Language skills, lack of familiarity with the Canadian job market, trauma and discrimination are all factors that can play a role in their integration into the workforce. Even highly skilled newcomers may be unable to find work in their field due to lack of recognition of their credentials.

Career development practitioners, government, employers, schools and settlement services all have a role to play in helping newcomers find meaningful employment in Canada. These webinars explore a variety of topics in this area, from the integration of newcomer students, to entrepreneurship for newcomers, to refugees’ labour market integration.

Bridging Two Worlds: Practical Strategies to Support Educators Working to Meet the Needs of Newcomer Students – CERIC

This free webinar draws from a qualitative CERIC-supported research program conducted in three Canadian provinces that examines best practices and programs supporting the integration of refugee and newcomer students. Presented by Dr Jan Stewart, Kirby Borgardt and Kari McCluskey, the webinar’s topics include effects of trauma, core competency areas for educators of newcomer youth, and building capacity in teachers, counsellors and settlement workers working with refugee students.

Brokering Success: Improving Skilled Immigrant Employment Outcomes – Mowatt Centre

This webinar shares key findings of the report Brokering Success, which examines the improvement of employment outcomes for skilled immigrants through strengthened government-employer engagement. It explains the necessity to design and implement initiatives that focus on “demand-led” employment supports for new skilled immigrants rather than those solely focused on job seekers’ skills and abilities.

Have your say: Building on Knowledge – Initiatives to Support Internationally Trained Workers – BC Centre for Employment Excellence

This webinar features presentations on two pilot projects that support Internationally Trained Workers, the Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Pilot Project and the Active Career Advancement Project. It is presented by Dr. Louise Legault, Julie Rodier and Michael Lam.

Job Search Advice for Internationally Trained Technology Professionals – Access Employment

Andrew Pitt, Product Manager at Rogers Communications, shares job search advice for internationally trained IT professionals. Pitt developed his tech career in Barbados and later moved to Canada. He shares his own experience as a new Canadian and what worked for him in finding employment in a new country.

Refugee Jobs Agenda series – Cities of Migration

This webinar series explores refugees and labour market integration. Topics include: Rethinking Employer Role & Leadership, From Welcoming Cities to Welcoming Economies and Entrepreneurship Offers Employment Pathways.

Strategies to Support Refugees’ Economic Integration – BC Centre for Employment Excellence

Refugees face unique challenges in their search for work once resettled. They sometimes face barriers such as lack of affordable housing, physical and mental health issues, lack of “official” language proficiency, non-recognition of foreign credentials and systemic discrimination. This webinar shares strategies and case studies of recently resettled refugees in BC’s Lower Mainland.

Did we miss something? Leave a comment below or send us a note at careerwise@ceric.ca if you have information that can help make our article even better.

Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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