By Kshama Ranawana (guest blogger and HR coordinator at YESS – Youth Emergency Shelter Society)
Edmonton — Imagine my surprise when I learned through a webinar on “Diversity at Work” that there were many barriers for visible minorities and new immigrants in obtaining work in the Not-for-Profit sector. I am well aware of the challenges these groups face in gaining meaningful employment in other sectors, but I had always believed that the Not-for-Profit category which works with society’s marginalized would adopt different recruitment practices.
According to a recent survey in which 347 employers from 8 locations in Canada and 26 individuals’ had been interviewed, employers had stated that it was difficult to attract visible minorities and new immigrants to work in the non-profit sector. They were also afraid of making a “bad hire”, citing limitations around funding and use of resources to verify foreign credentials. In my experience, the same could be said about those who’ve lived their entire lives in Canada when speaking of “bad hires” and making not-for-profit an attractive sector to work in.
Read more about how YESS uses cultural awareness training and other easy initiatives to remove these barriers.