World Skills Employment Centre is seeking partnerships with non profit employers to provide internship opportunities for newcomers. This initiative is part of the Non Profit Employer Engagement Project, which is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
The objective of the internship program is to create an active engagement between newcomer professionals and employers in the non-profit sector in order to:
a) Introduce newcomers to opportunities to apply their international skills, experience, and passion for the sector within a local workplace
b) Provide local non-profit employers with skilled, international talent to fill short term needs within their programs, services, and departments
c) Offer the opportunity for local non-profit employers to facilitat newcomer integration while supporting diversity and inclusion policies within their existing teams
As you may already know, a key target of Ontario’s Immigration Strategy is to encourage employers to develop or expand mentorship, internship and on-the-job training programs for newcomers. Non-profit Employer Engagement Program staff will be actively partnering with a variety of local non-profit employers to recruit, screen, and endorse skilled newcomers for short term (3 months or less), paid opportunities within their organizations. There need not be an ongoing opportunity within the organization in order to partner with us on this initiative!
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As per the Employment Standards Act, Interns should be compensated for their contribution to the team with at least the current minimum wage. World Skills encourages the use of an on-the-job mentor, or “buddy”, to aid in the orientation and onboarding of the new Intern.
World Skills has several years of experience supporting Federal Government, crown corporations, and private organizations to source and recruit talent for short-term vacancies. A few of our recent internship partners include:
In partnership with the Foreign Credential Referral Office over the past 7 years, World Skills has been coordinating the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program (FINP), which offers short term contracts within federal government departments to qualified newcomers in the fields of administration, project management, policy and research, finance, and computer science. This initiative has grown over the years, with a total of 427 internships completed across Canada since the 2010-2011 program year (over 60% of which were filled by World Skills clients in the Ottawa-Gatineau area). These Interns hailed from over 45 different countries of origin, and represented a variety of skills and competencies.
Why hire an internationally trained Intern? Simple, it makes good business sense:
We are looking forward to connecting with you.
Connect with Magdalene@ottawa-worldskills.org or Andy@ottawa-worldskills.org
Tel: 613 2330453 x 366
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