PowerHack offers an innovative way for employers to build their talent pipeline by connecting with local immigrants, with tech skills, knowledge and experience. Through a hackathon, employers and hiring managers observe and assess the technical and soft skills of immigrant participants, who work in teams to solve ‘real world’ problems identified by employers. PowerHack provides an opportunity for newcomers to demonstrate the value of their global skills and experience, connect with hiring managers and build their professional networks. It is intended to assist immigrants to find equitable employment by addressing the barrier of “no Canadian experience”.
This is a pilot project funded through the Workforce Innovation and Inclusion Project (WIIP). Led by the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University, WIIP is a three-year program that brings together employers, non-profits, and settlement agencies to address the employment needs of newcomers and produce a skilled, resilient Canadian workforce. WIIP is funded by the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and will enhance settlement services delivery and provision across Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
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