ASCEND (Applied Skills Curriculum to Empower Newcomer Development) is a labour-market responsive employment readiness program being piloted by IEC-BC and administered at immigrant facing organizations in the Lower Mainland.
To develop ASCEND IEC-BC has worked with industry partners and BC employers to identify challenges in skilled immigrant recruitment and integration. Using a province-wide survey with over 80 unique employer and industry respondents, multiple advisory and focus groups, literature and program reviews, IEC-BC identified communication, interpersonal skills, cultural and personal awareness as core gaps in the skillsets of immigrant talent.
To address these needs, ASCEND applies a blended learning strategy: interactive self-paced online modules are supplemented with in-person skills development workshops.
ASCEND’s incorporates direct industry and employer feedback delivered through a supportive and holistic coaching lens. The program’s modules cover employment readiness topics including: personal branding and digital presence; building relationships and developing a community of support; interviews; business communication; and onboarding, career progression and leadership skills.
ASCEND is delivered by Service Providing Organizations and IEC-BC is pleased to announce our partnership with the following organization who are piloting ASCEND during the summer and fall of 2019: