World Skills’ 20th Anniversary. A Celebration of Newcomers’ Success.


Dear Partners,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us in celebrating World Skills Employment Centre’s 20th Anniversary that will take place on October 19, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony Banquet Hall, 523 St. Anthony Street, Ottawa.

This year marks a very special occasion for us as we also celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary! What a great time to celebrate our country’s diversity and to reflect on the remarkable journey we have taken to support the integration of newcomers into the labour market.

Our anniversary theme is “Shaping Canada’s Future | Connecting Immigrants to Employment.” During our celebration, we will highlight our history, celebrate our collective successes in connecting immigrants to employment, recognize immigrant contributions to our city, and recognize our partnerships with employers, funders, community organizations and our alumni.

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It would be too long to summarize all the work we did over the last 20 years; however, here are some highlights of our major accomplishments and milestones that are worth celebrating:

  • Over 35,000 newcomers have benefited from our pre-employment and bridge training programs; 10,000 newcomers have secured employment.
  • Over 300 employers are connected to our programs by participating in targeted recruitment events, coaching events, and hiring talent directly from us. Our employer partners are diverse and represent the private sector, all three levels of government, hospitals, the Ottawa Police, school boards, non-profit employers, and a variety of consulting companies.
  • By collaborating with school boards, universities and regulatory bodies, we developed several bridge training programs for engineers, medical professionals, finance professionals and teachers. One of the successes through bridge training was in helping 75 foreign-trained teachers to graduate from Queens University with a Bachelor of Education. Graduates from this program are currently teaching in our community.
  • Through partnership with the Federal Government over 600 newcomers have accessed paid internships with more than 24 federal departments. In addition to the internships with the Federal Government, other employers such as the City of Ottawa, Export Development Canada (EDC), Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) have also provided internship opportunities for our newcomer clients.
  • With the support of TD, we developed the World Skills-TD VISMIN Mentorship Program, which has been in operation for 7 years now. This program has facilitated 117 mentees to be matched with 85 mentors and provided a structure for other employers to be able to support the integration of newcomers through practical mentorship opportunities.
  • In 2016, we responded to the needs of the Syrian refugees by developing the Roadmap to Employment Program. This program has been instrumental in helping Syrian refugees acquire employment in Ottawa.

You have been a great part of our journey in providing support services to newcomers! This is just a small sample of our achievements and has only been possible because of your support and partnership.

Please join us on October 19 to celebrate our partnership, accomplishments and newcomers’ contribution to Ottawa and Canada together.



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For information on how you can contribute to this celebration, please follow this link.



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