Have you moved to Canada and are finding it difficult to find employment in your trained field? IMMpower BC and ISTEP are two programs that may be of assistance to you.Â
IMMpower is a BC Skills Connect program for immigrants.
â€œAn IMMpower BC coach will work directly with skilled immigrants to create a specialized plan to assist them in returning to work in their area of expertise. Customized services may include:Â career planning, qualifications assessment, credential recognition and connecting clients with training, apprenticeships, mentorship, employer networking and work placement opportunities.â€
The Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society in Nanaimo administers the IMMpower program in our area. For more information check out their Website.
The Immigrant Skilled Trades Employment Program (ISTEP) is a pilot project to help landed immigrants build careers in British Columbia’s construction industry and provide employers with skilled trades’ workers.
ISTEP Job Coaches work with immigrants and employers and â€œImmigrants who have experience in construction or who want to start a career in the construction industry will be matched up with employers who have jobsâ€
For more information about the ISTEP program or to get in touch with an ISTEP job coach go to the ISTEP Website.
The Career Centre also has more information about IMMpower, STEP and other programs that can help you get back to work. Phone us at 248-3205 to make an appointment to see an Employment Consultant.