As countries vie for the brightest and the best, skilled immigrants are a sought-after talent pool. BC businesses and industries must work together to take bold, decisive steps to close the skills and labour gap – seeing immigrants as part of the solution. Our programs offer BC employers cost-effective and workable solutions helping them gain a competitive advantage in today’s global talent marketplace.
Learn about our program that brings together skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships.
Find out how this free, comprehensive set of online tools and resources helps skilled immigrants become better prepared for work in Canada, and connects employers with internationally trained workers.
SPRINT (Skills Passport for Newcomers in Tech) is a new initiative implemented under IEC-BC’s FAST program designed to test the concept of a ‘skills passport’ to help internationally trained individuals get hired faster in Canada’s growing tech and biotech industries. SPRINT provides a full suite of employment preparation and workplace assessment resources to immigrant professionals and connects employers to a skilled talent pool.
BC JobConnect is a customized online tool connecting BC employers to job-ready newcomers. This easy-to-use website provides a platform for job-seekers to showcase their skills, education and work experience, and present their profiles and resumes to BC employers looking for workers. Services offered to both the employers and the job-seekers are free.
IEC-BC collaborates with service delivery partners to offer Connections events designed to connect employers with skilled newcomers and include speed mentoring, networking events and hackathons. Specific events can be tailored to meet an employer’s interest and needs.
An innovative and interactive blended learning program focusing on cultivating skilled newcomers’ essential workplace competencies (interpersonal, communication and soft skills). ASCEND uses a strengths-based approach that integrates online and face to face learning to support the employment readiness of newcomers and help BC employers recruit, hire and integrate immigrant talent.
The Tech Bootcamps is a new initiative IEC-BC is co-developing with employers. By attending the Bootcamps, newcomers will learn how to adapt and upgrade their soft skills for the tech sector in Canada. Employers are able to headhunt from Bootcamp attendees, as well as attend knowledge sessions and utilize learning tools to learn how to improve the effectiveness of their hiring and retention strategies. IEC-BC will use the findings from the Tech Bootcamps to push for meaningful change in hiring and retention practices in the tech sector through employer learning materials and knowledge exchange sessions.
PowerHack is a virtual hackathon event from the Immigrant Employment Council of BC that allows employers to connect with highly skilled immigrant talents in the Information & Technology sector.
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