IEC-BC program helps skilled immigrants prepare for jobs in trades, biotech, and IT
British Columbia is experiencing a huge labour shortage: in trades, 934,000 job openings are projected; in biotechnology, 33% of companies report skills shortages; and there is a ‘talent crisis’ in IT, BC Technology Report Card reports. These all translate to an immense economic loss for the province. Which is very good news for immigrants to Canada, that are looking for work in Canada. Having the skills that Canadian employers need is a huge advantage, the key is knowing the geographic location of Canada where you will be able to find the job you deserve.
How do I get started?
To help fill the gaps in the job market, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) has expanded FASTBC, a free online program connecting skilled immigrants in trades, biotech, and information technology (IT) to employers.
While immigrants play a vital role in coping with labour demand, there are barriers to employment, such as unfamiliarity with Canadian workplace expectations and the lack of “cultural fit,” which is a crucial factor in hiring decisions.
FAST provides FREE e-learning to orient immigrants on Canadian workplace culture, including insights into their industries – making them better prepared to meet employers’ needs.
Currently, more than 300 participants use FAST. One of them is Uriev Ellapen, an electronics and computer engineer in South Africa.
“The FAST Program is very informative, and I am sure many skilled immigrants are benefiting from this initiative. The online modules were excellent I really enjoyed studying the content. I now have a wider appreciation for the Canadian work environment and the skills required to be successful,” – Uriev Ellape
Aside from a free online learning course on the Canadian workplace, eligible participants who complete the modules get exclusive complimentary access to certification programs, additional credentials they can include in their resumes and job applications. These can make a huge difference to your chances of finding work in Canada. You may find that your resume needs to be changed into the Canadian Style or that your cover letter needs a little fine tuning to really help you stand out from the crowd.
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IT can register for the Information Technology Professional (ITP) Designation from Information Communication Technology Council (ICTC), which is valued at CAD$500 – but for Prepare for Canada Subscribers, this program is FREE too!
FAST is funded through Immigrant, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is delivered in partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) with support from BioTalent Canada and the Information Communication Technology Council (ICTC).