Last night we held the first event to celebrate the successes of the Roadmap to Employment Program (RTE) at World Skills.
We’d like to thank everyone who has touched this program; because of your intervention, guidance, expertise and commitment to helping newcomers find employment, we have changed lives, sped up the integration time and helped to heal spirits. To our staff and partners Maria, Emad, Alaa, Kate, Ledianis, Aparna, Fouzia, Vikki, Soumya, Sid, Daline, Shahrzad, Mengis, Magdalene and everyone who has referred and supported this program along the way – Thank you!
We invited clients who have found employment and their families to come together for an intimate celebration to share their stories and successes and finished the evening with a meal prepared by one of the clients who has begun his own catering company.
Representatives from our funders United Way and Ottawa Community Foundation were able to join us as well as staff, and community partners. Our own staff MC’ed and interpreted in both English and Arabic. The stories told were so genuine and heart felt that it was as if you were traveling the path right alongside the person as they told it. We heard of the power of networking and friendship, depression and jubilation, acceptance and integration and the common theme was how World Skills and the RTE team helped along their journey and how we were a part of their success.
The success stories were attributed to the targeted recruitment events; the job fairs that they attended as suggested by Maria and Emad; workshops and employment counselling. Despite language and networking barriers, many of the attendees found similar work to what they were doing before immigrating to Canada.
Our team at World Skills did not stop at just sending out the job fair and job posting information but they were there each step of the way with their clients. The team also attended the job fairs to offer support and guidance as well as encouragement to the clients and when they were invited to interviews, our staff served as interpreters and helped with the on-boarding when needed, working side by side with the employers.
Just to highlight some of the RTE successes:
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