Placement Incentive Program
Olufemi is a Civil Engineering professional. He is a newcomer to Canada with a postgraduate degree in Engineering. His commitment and great attitude made him successful in securing a placement in his field with AECON. Olufemi was offered support through our Mentoring for Change and Employment Ontario programs. He is thankful to Skills for Change and its team for making it possible for him to start his professional career in Canada. Right now he is referring other friends to Skills for Change for job search support.
Skills for Change's Employment Ontario Former Client
Trades Win Support Program
I called the Skills for Change office in Brampton, got an appointment, and met with a representative who explained to me everything about the bridging program called Trades Win Support Program.
That was the day that changed my life. I had almost given up the idea of staying and living in Canada, as I was working really hard and living at a condition that was ten times worse than my previous life condition in my home country. And I'm not alone. I have a family, I have two daughters.
I followed Skills for Change instructions on what to do to work in the trades in Canada, and I finally got my experience approved by the Ontario Colleges of Trades to work as an Industrial Electrician. Then, I got fully involved with the programs and sessions from the Skills for Change Brampton office. For example, I participated in employment preparation workshops. That was the most interesting and valuable study session of my life. I was taught what employers are looking for and how to prepare myself for the job market. I also received help to create my resume and cover letters. Without the right wording and structure, no resume can guarantee a call back from employers for an interview.
Then I studied the Canadian Electrical Codebook (2015) at Humber College, worked two days at Habitat for Humanity, and attended other sessions about networking and professional improvement at Skills for Change.
After completing the Trades Win Support Program, I passed the electrician test. The exam was not easy, but I was well prepared thanks to Trades Win Support Program.
Finally, I started sending my resumes to companies, but Skills for Change Brampton office called me to come over. That was not in my plan and I didn't expect the call. A representative called me and we booked an interview simulation. I was asked a lot of questions that employers usually ask. I answered all of them, but at end of the interview I felt like I failed and panicked, because the questions were not easy to answer, and some were really hard to explain. Then I was given interview preparation questions and examples of answers. I worked on these questions and prepared myself for future interviews.
Thanks to all these efforts and the help from people from Skills for Change, I got calls from three companies for job interviews in the first 2 weeks. Eventually, I got accepted by two of them, and I started working as an automation technician.
Overall, even though one might have the skills and education, settling and living in Canada is not easy for newcomers. Thanks to great organizations like Skills for Change, the process can be easier and skilled people can stay in the country at the most comfortable level of life.
Bachelor of Electronics Engineer
Former TWSP Client
I especially express my appreciation of employment marketing & outreach consultant Deniz Kucukceylan’s continuous support. I believe that her prompt action and contact with potential employer during the resume screening and interview process help me to stand out among other candidates. The support from Skills for Change and Employment Ontario enhanced my value in the job market.
I would thank for your endeavour to find my new job. I definitely recommend other newcomers and friends to join this program as one of the fastest way to find their new career in Canada.
Eun Ji Park
Skills for Change's Employment Ontario Former Client
Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
Looking at them today, I have a skilled group armed with knowledge of a fine trade. They've learned machining, CAD and CAM softwires, theories, design, mathematics, enhanced their communication skills, and on top of all they learned how to be confident and strong from the inside. Finding a job isn’t the hard topic anymore.
Yes, we can argue that any person with some ambition could join a similar program and get same or better knowledge.
But the question is: who can afford this? And how? These people were already having a hard time to survive. Going back to school is way far from any of their dreams. They were in a desperate need for an opportunity to prove themselves, they need help and support, they were weak.
This is the only program I ever seen in my whole life, which is able to drastically change the life of a desperate group of people and give them the opportunity to have a way better standard of living, and on top of all to build a carrier knowing that tomorrow is better than today.
Thank you to Skills for change for showing us the fine example of Canada, for sure you are the heroes of this group's kids and families.
Ali Taha, P.Eng., M.Sc., M.Eng.
GAD Technologies Inc.
Global Automation Design & Technology
Custom Machine Design & Building