College Partners with Employers to Help Newcomers Overcome Employment Barriers

Lack of Canadian work experience is one of the biggest barriers many skilled immigrants face when looking for jobs in their new country.

The Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP) at Bow Valley College in Calgary helps newcomers overcome that barriers by combining a 10-week classroom component that prepares newcomers for the Canadian workplace with a six-week work experience with employer partners. Among the partners, Husky Energy, Canadian Pacific Railway and Userful Inc. have provided the most placements with 28, 21 and 18 placements, respectively.

In the video below, Katalina Bardell, Mentoring Project Lead, CRTP, talks about the program and the role employers play.