In an effort to help BC employers find innovative solutions to tap into immigrant talent to meet the province’s labour-force needs now and in the coming years, IEC-BC has created an Employer Advisory Group.
Its primary objectives are to inform the development of future IEC-BC programs, as well as provide input to improve its current offerings. The Group will develop key recommendations for IEC-BC and different levels of government to address immigrant employment issues. The ultimate goal is to increase employers’ ability to tap into the newcomer talent pool and create more inclusive workplaces.
The inaugural meeting of the Group, which was co-hosted by the Chartered Professionals in HR from BC and Yukon (CPHR BC & Yukon) on June 28, brought together 18 representatives of various public and private organizations across the Lower Mainland.
Key discussion features included effective strategies of tapping into diverse talent pools and factors that influence the recruitment process for skilled immigrant labour. Participants talked about innovative ways of improving the labour-market outcomes for skilled immigrants, as well as the steps necessary to shift the employer mindsets about the value of this talent pool.
The Group reconvened on November 8, 2017 to discuss the results of the Uncovering Recruitment and Integration Challenges survey that had been disseminated earlier in the fall. Participants mapped possible solutions that would facilitate successful employment of immigrant talent in Canadian workplaces.
On June 6, 2018, the Group gathered to discuss how to support employers with Diversity and Inclusion activities and learn from Wyle Baoween, CEO from HRx Technology Inc, who discussed Unconscious Bias: a practical approach to an inclusive hiring and onboarding process. Participants explored how to involve senior leadership teams D&I employee training.
The Group reconvened on October 17, 2018 to deliberate different models of workplace language training. The Group also explored IEC-BC’s latest project: ASCEND (Applied Skills Curriculum for Immigrant Employment) and discussed the importance of interpersonal skill, cultural and personal awareness, and communication skill training.
Interested in finding out more? Please contact Hanif Ladha, IEC-BC Employer Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org