Breaking down barriers between foreign-trained workers, employers

Pilot project in Vancouver focuses on 5 training dimensions, gives candidates ‘place to work and grow in Canada’
By Andrew Warren
|Western Report|Last Updated: 02/22/2010

A new bridge-to-work program designed to help internationally educated professionals (IEPs) integrate into the Canadian information and communications technology (ICT) sector has wrapped up its first pilot phase in Vancouver. The results were favourable for everyone involved, according to one of the firms that helped develop the program.

“We’re signed up and ready to go when it comes back to Vancouver,” said Scott Michaels, vice-president of client services at Atimi Software and a member of the Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) advisory committee.

“The program was really well-run and the people running it were really well-motivated. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) did a really great job at pre-qualifying people, too, so the risk too us (as an employer) was really low.”