Meaningful employment is one of the best ways to integrate into your new home country and your community, and refugees have a lot to give — their talents, resilience and unique perspectives. Through the project, IEC-BC will identify the occupational skills and experience of refugees who are currently based in Abbotsford and Surrey and will engage employers in those communities to understand their labour needs better. A final report will include strategies to connect employers to the refugee talent pool in the two regions.
The outcome will give businesses a better idea of the available talent brought by refugees while also giving service providers more knowledge in barriers that need to be overcome in order to connect refugees to jobs. The project will run from November 2016 to October 2017, and the implementing partners are DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Surrey Board of Trade, Abbotsford Community Services and Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. It is funded by the Province of British Columbia.
For more information about the project, please contact Fionan Griffin.