Alberta introduces online tool to help HR professionals

Provides information on foreign-earned education credentials
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/29/2011

Alberta has introduced a tool to help employers and human resources professionals better understand academic credentials earned abroad. The online tool will improve the attraction and retention of newcomers, said the government.

“There are qualified candidates available for many open positions in this province,” said Thomas Lukaszuk, minister of employment and immigration. “These new education guides will assist employers in understanding the foreign-earned education credentials of newcomers and help to fill these vacant positions with qualified immigrants.”

The International Education Overview Guides provide 10 different country profiles  — Nigeria, Pakistan, China, Colombia, India, Korea, the Russian Federation and former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom and the Philippines — with information on specific credentials such as prerequisites, length of study and what the credential compares to in Alberta.

The province’s other resources to better integrate newcomers into careers that reflect their education and experience include:

International Education Guides — in-depth guides to education systems in nine different countries.
• Occupational Licensing Fact Sheets — 66 fact sheets that outline the process for getting qualifications recognized.

• International Qualifications Assessment Service — assesses foreign-earned education and compares it to credentials in Canada.

The newest guides can be found at www.employment.alberta.ca/educationguides.

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