April 4, 2019 | 60 minutes

Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Pathways to Refugee Employment

Thursday, April 4, 2019

10:00am-11:00am (EST) | 4:00pm-5:00pm (CEST)

The unprecedented number of refugees globally have dominated discourses in the migration space. People are being forcibly displaced at a high rate, and receiving communities need to be prepared to receive and work to integrate and include these newcomers. Refugees are a unique population of migrants, and traditional immigrant integration practices do not always translate to success in refugee integration. Community stakeholders need to consider thinking outside the box when it comes to refugee labour market integration.

Employment plays a pivotal role in the integration and inclusion of refugees to a new community. Yet, the newly arrived face myriad challenges when accessing the labour market, from language barriers and cultural differences to training needs and skills recognition. Employment agencies are typically at the forefront of helping refugees navigate these obstacles and access the employment opportunities that will support their integration and inclusion.

Join us on April 4, 2019, to learn about innovative tools developed to ease refugee pathways to employment and support the invaluable work of employment counsellors and settlement workers. From Germany, Dr Martin Noack, Senior Expert, Program Learning for Life at the Bertelsmann Stiftung will share the “Careers via Competences” project. From Toronto, Ian Hartlen, Project Manager at Magnet, will present the new ALiGN initiative that utilizes a unique data-matching technology to create fit-based matches between job seekers to in-demand occupations.

 In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Innovative tools that are helping employment agencies identity the most suitable positions for refugee candidates
  • Partnerships with industry that are driving change in matching refugees to meaningful employment
  • Nuances to competency and reframing how we assess to success

Speakers:

Dr. Martin Noack, Senior Expert, Program Learning for Life, Bertelsmann Stiftung

As a Senior Expert, Martin is responsible for the project “Careers via Competences” in the program “Learning for Life” at Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany. The project aims at improving the chances of people with low levels of formal qualification to participate in further education and qualified work. To this end, the project develops, tests and promotes concepts and tools of competence assessment, development and recognition.

Ian Hartlen, Project Manager, Magnet

As a Project Manager, Ian is responsible for the ALiGN initiative that utilizes a unique data-matching technology powered by the Magnet platform. ALiGN takes an innovative approach to labour market integration by leveraging an online psychographic assessment to create fit-based matches between job seekers to in-demand occupations. By providing this innovative tool to employment counsellors, Ian is helping to build bridges between industry demand and eager newcomer job-seekers. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ian is leading the roll-out of this innovative employment model across three provinces: Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

Moderator:

Devon Franklin, Project Manager, Hire Immigrants

 

In collaboration with Cities of Migration, the Immigrant Futures project presents a 3-part webinar series to bring to life the recently released report, Investing in Refugee Talent: Lessons Learned in Labour Market Integration. Read the report, and tune in with questions for the industry leaders who can help you realize the benefit of integrating refugee talent into your workplace, and your community.

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