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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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