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Employability Dimensions with Newcomer Clients. An Opening Doors Workshop March 11, 2010 Aurora Public Library. Presented by: Chris Buffett Buffett & Associates. Agenda. Learning Outcomes Newcomers in York Region The 4 Employability Dimensions Newcomer Challenges in the 4 Dimensions

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employability dimensions with newcomer clients

Employability Dimensions with Newcomer Clients

An Opening Doors Workshop

March 11, 2010

Aurora Public Library

Presented by:

Chris Buffett

Buffett & Associates

agenda
Agenda
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Newcomers in York Region
  • The 4 Employability Dimensions
  • Newcomer Challenges in the 4 Dimensions
  • Solutions/Resources
  • Case Studies
  • Questions and Answers
  • Evaluation
learning outcomes
Learning Outcomes
  • Learn more about using employability dimensions in the client counselling and job development process
  • Learn more about solutions and resources available for helping newcomers with their employability challenges
why important
Why Important?
  • Between 2001 – 2006, nearly 100,000 immigrants settled in York Region.
  • Most of the immigrants who settle in York Region are well educated and have backgrounds in professional occupations.
  • 72% of prime working-age immigrants in Ontario have a degree from an international university.
  • The unemployment rate for university-educated recent immigrants was four times greater than that of similar non-immigrants.
career decision making
Career Decision Making
  • Is there a demand in Canada for their former occupation?
  • May be trained in an occupation that doesn’t match interests/values/natural talents.
  • Not aware of where promising employment opportunities lie.
  • Unsure of what careers will meet their circumstantial realities.
  • Unsure of how to acquire Labour Market Information.
  • Career choice may be unrealistic.
skills qualifications experience
Skills/Qualifications/Experience
  • Weak English language skills
  • Credentials not recognized in Canada
  • Education/Credentials not assessed in Canada
  • License/Certification required for regulated professions
  • Not eligible for government funding for skills development or Self-Employment Benefit program
  • Lack of Canadian work experience
job search
Job Search
  • Networking and hidden job market new to them
  • Believe they have no network/contacts
  • Marketing themselves to employer may be a new concept to them. Underselling themselves to employers
  • Unaware of how to research the industry and employer
  • Ineffective job search tools—expectations for resume, cover letter, interview skills different in their home country
job maintenance
Job Maintenance
  • Lack of understanding of Canadian workplace culture
  • Dress code, eye contact, hand shake, values, rules/ procedures, punctuality
  • Lack of “soft skills” or life skills considered necessary in the Canadian workplace
  • Team work, problem solving, leadership/ management style
career decision making1
Career Decision Making
  • Various online assessments: www.careercruising.com , www.monster.ca, www.keirsey.com
  • Career Paths, TDSB
  • Personality Dimensions
  • CAPS/COPS asessments
  • Labour Market Information
skills qualifications experience1
Skills/Qualifications/Experience
  • English Language Instruction (LINC/ESL)
  • Credential Assessment
  • Enhanced Language Training (ELT) Programs
  • Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT)
  • Skills Development training through MTCU
  • SEB training
  • Practice Firms
  • Volunteering
  • Bridging programs
job search1
Job Search
  • Centre for Foreign-Trained Professionals and Trades People
  • Re-Employment Centre for International Professionals
  • Job Finding Clubs
  • Job Search Workshops
  • Employment Resource Centres
  • Mentoring
  • Agencies
job maintenance1
Job Maintenance
  • Bridging programs
  • OSLT programs
  • Essential Skills/21st Century Skills
  • Language Skills
  • Life Skills Training
  • Employment Articles on Internet