Subject: Upcoming Career Events and Programs

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Upcoming Career Events and Programs for Newcomers

Are you interested in free workshops and programs that could help you find employment or help you with your career change? Take a look at what's happening in the next two weeks at ISSofBC!

*For more info on all these events & more, visit the ISSofBC Events Calendar*
New Programs

Youth in Tech New Cohort - New Employment Program for youth ages 18-24 to launch their career in Tech! Now accepting applications for their upcoming cohorts starting July 2, 2019. YOUTH IN TECH is a skills training and employment program customized for immigrant and refugee youths interested in pursuing careers in the Tech Sector - Web Development, Digital Marketing/ Design, Information & Communications Technology. The program provides youth with hands-on opportunities to build digital skills, meet industry leaders and gain meaningful work experience in Tech. To know more about the program and be registered in its upcoming cohorts, click HERE.

Spark – Are you wondering if self-employment is right for you? Are you interested in being self-employed but aren’t sure what kind of business to get into? SPARK is a no-cost part-time program to help you discover if self-employment is right for you, and to develop business ideas if you are a fit for self-employment. We can help you research and refine ideas before entering a full self-employment training program. Our Spark program offers a 9-week self-employment exploration program to help you take your first steps. Click HERE to find out if you're eligible and how to join the program.

Global Talent Loans Programs - Get your foreign credential recognized or switch to an alternative career! If you are an Internationally trained professional, you have a unique opportunity to return to your career or alternative career in Canada through the Global Talent FCR Loans program. Through a team of expert advisors, you will have exclusive access to low-cost loans and support to gain credential recognition. The loan can be applied to cover costs of credential evaluation, examination fees, membership fees, travel and living allowance and/or short-term training opportunities in a related or unrelated career. Program advisors are also with you every step of the way offering a thorough action plan, job search tools and connections to employers to help you succeed in your career goals. To learn more about the Global Talent Loans program, please click HERE and to register for an info session, click HERE.

Advanced Literacy and Essential Skills (ALES) in the Workplace for IT Professionals - Are you an internationally trained IT Professional such as a programmer/software developer, network technician/system administrator, or data analyst/database administrator looking to get your first job in Canada or move up in your career? Are you feeling like your communications skills are holding you back? ALES@WORK is the program for you. Unemployed, under-employed and employed immigrant IT Professionals are welcome. You can be a new Canadian, too. At ALES@WORK you will:
  • Improve your oral and written communication and critical thinking skills
  • Be linked to IT employers, hiring and networking events and other ISSofBC services
ALES@work is currently holding info sessions for our upcoming cohort. The next cohort runs from September 17th to November 28th, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 pm. Register HERE if you would like to attend an info session next month. Next info session is on Tuesday July 9th at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the Terminal Office. For more information, please contact us at, 604-684-2504 or visit our website HERE

Employment Programs and Events

Understanding Career Options... for Women... by WomenHave you ever had the chance to step back and think about your career? This workshop will help you explore the importance of the assessing your values, transferable skills and personality style. Learn about:
  • Framework and strategies for career exploration
  • Conducting research meetings
  • Mentoring and networking
If this is what you are looking for, join us on Tuesday July 9th from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the ISSofBC New Westminster location. To register, please contact: Rahila Ansari at 604-522-5902 ext.1277 or at

Art Speaks: Mindfulness and Self-Expression - An event by women... for women. A free workshop for permanent residents, refugees (government assisted or privately sponsored) and live-in-caregivers who identify as women. Presented by Ms. Forough Zarei, a local and international visual artist and art teacher. Join our workshop to:
  • Learn about colours and how to combine them
  • Engage in a fun art activity
  • Share culture and stories behind artwork
  • See how mindfulness and arts are connected
Come join us on Tuesday July 16 from 1 - 4:30 pm at ISSofBC Maple Ridge location. To register, please contact Andro Abaya at or at 604 684 3599 Ext. 1623. Please also register by July 9 to guarantee a seat.

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