World Skills Employment Centre celebrates 25 years of service excellence to Newcomers

For 25 years, World Skills has been a trailblazer in Ottawa’s non-profit sector, by providing a wealth of support to newcomers through programs aimed at enhancing their employment outcomes. From Job Search Workshops, to Workplace Language Training, Sector Specific support, Entrepreneurship and much more, World Skills has helped thousands of newcomers overcome employment barriers and help them to integrate into the Canadian labour market.

To mark our 25th anniversary, we want to celebrate this milestone with our clients, partners, funders, corporate sponsors, the local community, Ottawa employers, volunteers and our dedicated World Skills team, who all help us to have the impact we do today!

We will be sharing some historical highlights about the organization as well as success stories from our 25-year journey of “Connecting Immigrants to Employment”.

Recently, Ottawa Life Magazine sat down with our team to hear about how it all started and how newcomers benefit from our range of services.


This week, (April 24-30) marks National Volunteer Week in Canada. At World Skills, we value our volunteers who help to enrich the lives of newcomers in Ottawa, by assisting them in navigating the Canadian labour market.

The theme for Volunteer Week this year is ‘Empathy in Action.’ We will be celebrating our volunteers every day this week. You will hear from our dedicated volunteers about their experiences and why they love volunteering at World Skills Employment Centre.  

To kick things off, here is a message from our Executive Director, Mengistab Tsegaye to all the volunteers at World Skills and across the settlement sector.

Learn more about National Volunteer Week and how you can celebrate volunteers across Canada:

#NVW2022 #EmpathyInAction #VolunteersBringHeart


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World Skills Employment Centre launches research initiative aimed at deepening employer partnerships to help newcomers integrate into in-demand labour sectors

– Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada says, “Newcomers enrich the cultural fabric of our society.”

(OTTAWA) – Over 700 newcomers are set to benefit from a newly developed three-year research project called the Sector Specific Employment Initiative (SSEI).

The initiative will be implemented by World Skills Employment Centre in partnership with the Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business as well as Recruiting in Motion, a private sector recruitment company.

The program is aimed at “enhancing labour market outcomes through sector-specific employer engagement interventions.” World Skills Employment Centre will deliver services that will engage employers and sector experts in developing solutions to address the hiring needs of employers as well as challenges faced by newcomers in securing employment. To view the full press release click here.

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