Newcomers Training to Help Newcomers

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On October 15, 2009, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Michael Chan, was on hand to help JVS Toronto and George Brown College celebrate the graduation of nine students from their IPLACE (International Professionals Learning to Access Careers and Employment) program, which helps develop skills and knowledge to make students job-ready in the fields of job development and employment counseling for the non-profit sector.

This 20 week certificate program offers 14 weeks of training, followed by 6 weeks of work placement and boasts a 91 per cent success rate over the past few years. Indeed, two of the students were unable to attend the ceremony because they were already working and two others from the graduating class had already found employment in their fields.

The next session starts November 2nd and interested candidates must meet all criteria and pass through an intensive interview process. Up to one hundred candidates will be vying for 15 seats in the program.

But it’s well worthwhile. As Debroy Chan said in his valedictorian speech, “The program not only offers relatively short-term career specific training but, for those of us who get the opportunity to join newcomer programs, it also equips us to help other immigrants. We are probably the ones who best understand the challenges facing the members of this group. As the immigration trend continues, hopefully, there will be more newcomer programs and there will be need for more job developers to be available to help this group. Where better to look for those job developers than among the ranks of Internationally Trained Professionals who have been trained for this role.”

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