Lack of Canadian work experience is one of the biggest barriers many skilled immigrants face when looking for jobs in Canada. To help newcomers overcome that hurdle, seven of the 2012 Best Employers for New Canadians have partnered with Bow Valley College in Calgary to provide newcomers with their first Canadian work experience.
AltaGas Ltd., CH2MHill, TransCanada Corporation, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank Group, Energy Resources Conservation Board and TELUS have all provided several six-week work experience placements to skilled newcomers through the college’s Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP).
The CRTP combines a 10-week classroom component, which prepares newcomers for the Canadian workplace, with a six-week work experience with employer partners. This work experience helps newcomers overcome barriers to employment in three important ways, says Katalina Bardell, the Mentoring Project Lead for the CRTP. The work placement:
- Provides a first Canadian work experience
- Provides a first Canadian reference
- Builds the newcomer’s professional network
In the video below, Ms. Bardell talks about the program and the role employers play.