Program builds soft skills, helps IEPs network

Access to mentoring, internships especially important for career
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/19/2010

As a global company with operations in 190 countries, Siemens sees internationally educated professionals (IEPs) as part of the family and essential to business success, said Michael Haynes, director of procurement in the industry sector at Siemens Canada.

IEPs not only bring their skills and capabilities to the workforce, but cultural diversity opens the doors to business opportunities in Canada, the United States and around the world, said Haynes, who is based in Burlington, Ont.

However, with only 24 per cent of foreign-educated professionals finding an equivalent position in their industry when they come to Canada, according to Statistics Canada, many employers aren’t recognizing their value.