Connecting Talent with Opportunities

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The PAIE Program is an innovative, employer-led Ontario bridge training program that connects highly skilled Internationally-Trained Engineers and Geoscientists with employers seeking qualified talent. PAIE is developed and led by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) in collaboration with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. This program links employers in TRCA’s network with highly skilled candidates to fulfill hiring needs in the environmental sector,while helping newcomers to obtain valuable Canadian experience and obtain a professional license as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) through a 12-month paid work placement.

PAIE works directly with a rapidly growing network of over 50 like-minded employers in both the public and private sectors including York Region, Cole Engineering, and Dillon Consulting. Through leveraging TRCA’s vast employer network, PAIE has achieved an employment success rate of over 90% for their participants, who are working in their professional field, earning an average of $55,000 annually.

This program is a highly specialized service designed for Engineers and Geoscientists working in the areas of Environment, Water Resources, Water/Wastewater, Transportation, Municipal, Civil, Geotechnical, Hydrogeology, Mining and Exploration, Solid Waste, Air/Emissions, and Renewable Energy.

PAIE’s competitive curriculum is developed and delivered by TRCA managers, regulators, employers, industry experts, professional trainers and educational institutions. This enables the program to deliver highly relevant training informed by the most current industry practices, designed to ensure that PAIE participants hit the ground running. During the program participants access over 250 hours of targeted professional training valued at $20,000 per person. This consists of industry-specific technical and soft skill training covering current engineering practices such as stormwater and floodplain management and low impact development, project management, legislation including the CA’s Act, OWRA, EA Act, EPA, Clean Water Act, and the Brownfields Act, and technical software packages such as ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, and Visual OTTHYMO to name a few.

As one of the largest environmental employers in Ontario and a highly-regarded leader in the green economy, TRCA understands the shortages in the labour market and the necessity of attracting and recruiting international professionals to fill those gaps. With jobs in the Canadian environmental sector being created much faster than the workforce is growing, TRCA strongly believes that it is critical that global talent and expertise be harnessed in order to effectively address and overcome the environmental challenges of our time and we pride ourselves on our ability to recruit and foster incredible talent.

Until Monday, May 28, 2012, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is accepting applications for the 2012 – 2014 PAIE Program for Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists!

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