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Employment Resources and Programs for Newcomers

August 05, 2020

On July 22, alongside our community partners, The Empowering Visible Minority Newcomer Women Program hosted an event that offered information about various employment and training programs for newcomers in Ottawa, including eligibility criteria, and referral processes.

World Skills and its partner organizations offer a variety of employment-related support services to newcomers, such as valuable training, volunteering, and mentorship opportunities that can help newcomers find work, or transition to new careers in Canada.

As a newcomer, you can receive free information and referral services to help you settle and thrive in your new life.

Learn more about these services designed to help you reach your goals!

Volunteer Ottawa – Diversity in Leadership

Volunteering is a great way to make connections, and a strategic way to gain valuable tools throughout your job search process. Volunteering can help you:

  • Build your portfolio;
  • Add skills-based experience to your resume, and even
  • Land a job opportunity!

Highlight your unique skills in the volunteer pool. Volunteer Ottawa allows you to build an online profile where organizations can find you, and their Membership Directory has over 250 organizations ready to recruit!

Are you looking for something specific? Use the Volunteer Ottawa website’s filter tool to search according to your needs. Identifying these criteria can help you determine which sector is the right fit for you.

Join Diversity in Leadership! Perfect for those who want to make a change within their community, the Diversity in Leadership program aims to increase diversity and enhance governance in non-profits and charities in Ottawa by introducing qualified candidates to their Boards. If you enjoy connecting with other leaders, this program is for you!

Vanier Community Centre – Experica 2.0

Vanier Community Centre helps newcomers acquire their first Canadian employment experience. The Experica 2.0 program offers unpaid placements to professionals who have previous experience in their field. Boasting an 88% success rate, this program is suitable for candidates interested in office work, law, non-profit, and those who do not require certification.

Our knowledgeable, supportive team offers highly effective job coaching and advocacy to help you secure the placement that best aligns with your needs, skills and priorities. One on one consultations and resume work will establish a profile to facilitate that search, and our staff will be with you every step of the way. From landing that successful interview to following up with employers for feedback, to helping you incorporate that learning so you can enhance your approach and maximize your success!

Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Centre – Internationally Trained

Alongside health and neighbourhood support, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre provides an array of services to assist development, career advancement, and community building. 

Through the 14-week ITP program, Internationally Trained Professionals who are interested to work in social services will:

  • Learn to build a professional network and practice professional language;
  • Attend workshops based on client needs and participate in certified training, tailored to sector;
  • Receive mentorship on conducting informational interviews; and
  • Gain access to exclusive contacts for further information and to express your interest.

Ottawa Chinese Community Centre – In-tac

Our highly sought after In-TAC program reduces the amount of time it takes IEPs to find work that matches their education and proficiency, by bringing that international talent together with local business who have identified gaps in their cache of expertise.

Open to newcomers with backgrounds in IT and accounting, In-Tac is a 12-week program which allows participants to gain employment knowledge in cybersecurity, IT project management, and IT business analysis, complete with courses in QuickBooks, taxation, auditing, and small business accounting that will allow you to practice before entering the workforce.

In-Tac will connect you with over 400 IT employer partners to broaden your search; and with 75% of program graduates finding a job, this is a service you don’t want to miss!

A very special thank you to our fantastic guest speakers:

  • Emily Worthen, Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Centre
  • Karine Redon, Vanier Community Centre-Experica 2.0
  • Erin Felak, Volunteer Ottawa-Diversity In Leadership
  • Song Guo, Ottawa Chinese Community Centre – In-tac

For more information about these organizations, please visit the website links provided.

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Dear clients, volunteers, employers, partners and stakeholders; due to the special circumstances related to COVID-19, from March 17, 2020 and until further notice, our employment services are being offered remotely using e-mail, telephone, and other available technologies.

We have made an effort to transition all our services online which include: job search workshops, employer events, language courses, individualized employment counselling, intake and assessment of new clients, re-assessment of existing clients, pre-screening candidates for job opportunities, our resume clinic, among other services.

For group format, we're mostly using zoom and for one/one we're very open to whichever technology works for you.

If you're a newcomer job seeker who'd like to register or a stakeholder who'd like to find out more, please connect with us via e-mail at ws@ottawa-worldskills.org

Your questions and requests will be dealt with by our solicitous staff.

Please stay safe and follow the advice of health officials.