Subject: Upcoming Career Events and Programs

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Upcoming Career Events and Programs for Newcomers

If you are looking for free workshops and programs to help you find employment - 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*
Employment Programs and Events

Global Talent FCR 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. Next info session is happening on Tuesday July 16 from 5 pm - 6 pm.

TFW Online Learning Project - Are you working in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program, i.e. caregivers, construction/hospitality and service jobs? Do you feel that there are times when it is hard for you to communicate and convey your concerns? TFW Online Learning Project is coming your way to help you enhance your communication skills and be empowered! Using your smart phones or computers, you can access workshops at the comfort of your home or anywhere you maybe. In addition, you will receive an individualized feedback and interactive discussion with a Case Manager. If needed, referrals to resources and employment services are also available. For more information or to register, please call 604-684-3599 or email or click HERE

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. Join our information session to learn more! 
Location: Services are delivered at the ISSofBC Surrey Welcome Centre. However, the program is open to all newcomer youth living in Metro Vancouver.
Registration: Upcoming Information Sessions on July 17 and July 24 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. For questions or referrals, please contact Tina Power at or email

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.

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. Upcoming information sessions are on July 18 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and July 23 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the Terminal Office. For more information, please contact us at, 604-684-2504 or visit our website HERE.

Prepare for Career in Human Resource & Aviation - An event by women…for women. A free event for women who have permanent residence status, refugees (government assisted or privately sponsored), protected persons or
caregivers with approval in principle. Meet industry experts:
Eva Luptakova, Jazz Aviation LP, Corporate Recruiter
Brenda Harwood, Jazz Aviation LP, Diversity Manager
The experts will talk about:
  • Their own career journey
  • Different positions in HR and aviation
  • Certifications to attain
  • Some tips on resumes and interviews
If you are interested, join us on Friday July 12 from 10 am - 12 pm at ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre. To register, please click HERE or contact or call 604-683-3599.

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. 

Resumes and Cover Letters WorkshopA free workshop for permanent residents, live-in-caregivers, naturalized Canadian citizens, refugees, refugee claimants and provincial nominees. At this workshop, you will:
  • Develop skills to create a targeted resume.
  • Learn to write strong cover letters and gain attention of local employers
  • Get help with preparing a reference list to complete your job search tool kit. 
Come join us on Thursday July 18 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at the ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre if you are interested. To register, please contact Lisa Kolbuc at 604-684-3599 ext 1279 or 

Setting Out on Path for Financial SuccessA free workshop for women who have permanent residents status, or who are refugees (government assisted of privately sponsored) or live-in-caregivers. Meet Vancity financial experts:
Nadya Merchant, Vancity, Business Branch Account Manager
Shima Seyed-Roghani, Vancity, Branch Account Manager
And find out about:
  • Their own career journeys
  • Building and maintaining good credit history
  • Guarding your financial information
  • Protecting yourself from ID theft and financial fraud
If this is what you are looking for, come join us on Thursday July 18 from 1 - 4 pm. To register, please click HERE or email 

Tips for Successful Interviews Workshop - The ability to handle yourself well at an interview is a skill you can learn. Join our workshop and learn tips on the following:
  • Interview preparation and readiness
  • Answering common interview questions
  • Responding to behavioural and situational questions
  • Closing the interview and creating a lasting good impression
  • Professional follow-up 
This is a free workshop for permanent residents, live-in-caregivers, naturalized Canadian citizens, refugees, refugee claimants and provincial nominees.
The workshop is taking place on Friday July 19 at ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre. To register, please contact Lisa Kolbuc at 604-684-3599 ext 1279 or

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