World Skills For Newcomers

World Skills has been helping immigrants establish their careers in Canada for over 20 years. Our no-cost services help you integrate into the local labour market and succeed in Canada.

 

Our Programs and Services 

Accessing our services starts with a personalized assessment of your education, experience and career goals. We can then recommend the best programs, workshops or services that will help you start your career in Canada.

Our Workshops

Job Search Workshop

The Job Search Workshop (JSW) is a group-based, one-week workshop where job seekers have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed to undertake a successful job search in Canada. Graduates of the program have access to ongoing employment counseling support.

 

Eligibility

  Permanent Residents

  Convention Refugees

  Live-in Caregivers residing in Ottawa

Canadian Language Benchmark (listening, speaking, reading and writing) level 5 and above

Career Access for Newcomers Workshop

Delivered over six days, in English only, the Career Access for Newcomers (CAN) Workshop offers a group-based learning environment where job seekers have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed to undertake a successful job search in Canada. Graduates of CAN have access to ongoing employment counselling support.

Eligibility

   Refugee Claimants

   Temporary Residents (with or without work permit)

   International Students

   Foreign-born Canadian Citizens

   Under or unemployed Permanent Residents

   Convention Refugees

   Live-in Caregivers residing in Ontario

   Canadian Language Benchmark 5 and above

Our Services

Resume Clinic

World Skills offers a no-cost, a Résumé Clinic every Wednesday. Job seekers are paired with a volunteer management or human resources professional for one-on-one support in the development of their résumé.

World Skills offers a no-cost, a Résumé Clinic every Wednesday. Job seekers are paired with a volunteer management or human resources professional for one-on-one support in the development of their résumé.

Occupation Specific Coaching

 This is a Sector Specific Specialist service that offers a personalized assessment of your education, experience, and goals.

Accessing World Skill Sector Specialist services starts with a personalized assessment of your education, experience and goals. Together we then plan your next steps. To schedule an appointment please Fill-out the contact us form to book an appointment.

Interview Roulette

World Skills coordinates this event monthly which brings together a pool of qualified HR professionals and managers from different industries and companies who offer clients individualized assistance with their interview skills in a roulette format.

You need to be a client of World Skills to participate. Fill-out the contact us form to book an appointment

Job Referral and Matching

World Skills has partnerships with more than 100 Ottawa employers who are interested in hiring internationally trained professionals.

These employers submit job postings directly to World Skills Ottawa Job Match Network (OJMN) service. Thousands of registered clients have found work through the OJMN job referral and matching service.

Accessing World Skills’ job referral and matching program starts with a personalized assessment of your education, experience and goals. Together we then plan your next steps. To schedule an appointment please Fill-out the contact us form to book an appointment.

Our Programs

Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

The Federal Internship for Newcomers Program (FIN) provides newcomers with valuable temporary Canadian work experience and training opportunities with federal government departments and other public and private sector organizations.

Eligibility

   Permanent Resident or foreign born Canadian Citizen

   10 years or less in Canada (counting from the application date in early May 2023)

   Post-secondary degree or diploma (or a student from WUSC who has completed a four-year university program in Canada under the Student Refugee Program)

• For some categories, only a high school diploma is required but a post-secondary degree is highly desirable)

   Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of level 7 – in all four skills – in English OR French (or acceptable equivalent) *

   Must be registered and pre-screened for eligibility and employment readiness by World Skills Employment Centre (Ottawa residents) or SITO (Gatineau residents)

 

You must have ready the following documents in order to be pre-screened and staff will ask you to submit them after the info session if we do not have them at World Skills (for existing World Skills’ clients):

   A copy of your most recent resume

   Proof of Language Proficiency:

• Results of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test

• Results of Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) test

• Results of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test

and/or

• Results of Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) assessment

• Results of Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada)

Validity: Any of the above mentioned tests have a validity of two years.

Candidates who haven’t completed any language assessment but completed post-secondary education where the language of instruction was either English or French, may bring their degree/transcripts as proof of language proficiency.

Workplace Language Training

 

Workplace Language Training (WLT) courses focus on English language communication skills needed to meet the expectations of the Canadian professional workplace. Each program connects language and content to ensure that course objectives are relevant and meaningful to participants.  Language and essential skills are scaffolded to meet the complexities of communication in the workplace.

Eligibility

  Permanent Residents

  Convention Refugees

  Live-in Caregivers residing in Ottawa

Canadian Language Benchmark (listening, speaking, reading and writing) level 5 and above

Empowering Visible Minority Newcomer Women

The Empowering Visible Minority Newcomer Women (ENW) program is a research project that contains two models being implemented over the course of three years.

The program aims to build the capacity and confidence of participants to navigate the job market, increase their social capital through networking opportunities, and position them for success in the Canadian labour market.

It also focuses on matching highly skilled newcomers with commensurate employment.

The Empowering Visible Minority Newcomer Women (ENW) program is a research project that contains two models being implemented over the course of three-years. The program aims to build the capacity and confidence of participants to navigate the job market, increase their social capital through networking opportunities, and position them for success in the Canadian labour market. It also focuses on matching highly skilled newcomers with commensurate employment.

Career Transitions for Doctors and Health Professionals

The Career Transitions for International Health Professionals (IHP) program provides sector-specific employment preparation and services and employer outreach specific to internationally trained health professionals.

These services assist IHPs in accessing alternative employment in the health sector that makes effective use of their skills.

Eligibility

   Be a resident of Ontario

   Be a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee/protected person, foreign-born Canadian citizen or Refugee Claimant

   Be legally entitled to work in Canada

  Have English language competency of CLB 7 at least or equivalent (IELTS, CASPer, TOEIC)

  Provide a copy of their health training documents (degree/license/transcripts)

  Be committed to attending the 13 days of workshop and complete assignments

 

Entrepreneurship Program

Through our entrepreneurship program, we provide training, business coaching, mentorship, work shadowing, and financial literacy support.

In addition, we offer specialized workshops, an alumni program, and many networking opportunities.

Our services help newcomers learn about doing business in Canada and prepare them to become successful entrepreneurs.

Eligibility

   Must be a Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee (Canadian citizens are not eligible)

   Must be a resident of Ottawa (Gatineau residents are not eligible)

   Must have a CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 5 or above

Roadmap to Employment

The Roadmap to Employment (RTE) program at World Skills supports newcomers with lower language skills, including refugees, to find employment in the Ottawa region. They also benefit from tailored support to navigate the job market.

Eligibility

   A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 3-5

   A resident of Ontario

   A Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or Live-in Caregiver, and

  Legally permitted to work in Canada

Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP)

FCRP supports Internationally Trained Individuals to have their credentials assessed so they can work in their original professional field or in an alternative related profession.

Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) is an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada funded program that delivers no-cost pre-arrival services for job readiness and retention.

See how to become a  SOPA client here.

See What Past Clients Have to Say About Their Experience

“World Skills provided me with job referrals and references, resume and cover letter reviews, workshops, and events that helped increase my knowledge and understanding of the Canadian job market and workplace and also build my confidence in finding a good job and succeeding at an interview.”

Bukola Enaboifo

“World skills is the ideal place to go for guidance as a new immigrant to Canada looking to integrate, understand the job market and get the necessary skills needed to secure your dream job. They train on resume and interview preparation, help you practice through mock interviews, connect you to employers and personally coach you throughout the interview process. Their entire team is so amazing and always open to answering all your questions in the shortest possible time. Thanks to world skills I was able to secure my ideal job after two months of arriving Canada.”

Rodrid Eyambe

“Great organization for newcomers! They have programs and events including a resume clinic and an interview roulette to prepare newcomers for the job market and help them settle in. Worth considering.”

Demilade Fayemiwe

Your Career Portfolio

Career portfolios can be powerful tools for job seekers as they demonstrate your skills and accomplishments. Documents to include in your portfolio are:

  • Copies of your current résumé
  • Reference letters or letters of recognition
  • Documents you have written
  • Samples of your work (if you are a writer, photographer, graphic artist,designer, etc.)

Most interviewers will not ask to see the content of your portfolio so it is up to you to respond to a question in a way that allows you to integrate samples from your portfolio. Have copies of your documents to leave with the interviewer.

A portfolio being handed to someone

Job Search Sites

Employment Agencies

Organizations to Help you Make the Right Impression

Dress for Success

“The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”https://ottawa.dressforsuccess.org/

 

Suits his Style

“Suits his Style is an Ottawa-based charity that supports the employment opportunities of men in need by providing professional attire with the vision of a world in which everyone is given the opportunity to excel.”http://suitshisstyle.ca/

Please note that in order to benefit from the services of these organizations, you need to be referred by a partner agency such as World Skills. Make sure to connect with us for a referral!

Find the Right Program for you with the Help of our Advisors 

Let us guide you in the right direction to success.

Contact Us

Phone: (613) 233-0453
Email: ws@ottawa-worldskills.org
300-219 Argyle Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2H4
Canada

Funders

World Skills gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our funders:

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