Subject: Upcoming Career Events and Programs

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Upcoming Career Events and Programs for Newcomers

Are you thinking of changing careers or finding employment? Check-out what free employment workshops and programs are available! 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

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 Wednesday August 28 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.

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Info Session - Are you a Newcomer who lives in Vancouver City trying to return to your pre-arrival occupation in Canada? Learn how Career Paths can help internationally trained newcomers - Permanent Residents or Refugees - go back to work in their field of expertise in Vancouver (must have 1-3 years pre-arrival experience in the field).
This job search program can assist with local labour market information; career planning; funding for credential evaluations, courses & licensing fees; resume feedback, interview coaching, mentoring and much more.
Location: Info sessions are delivered at the Terminal location in room 610 every Tuesday.
Registration: Upcoming Info Sessions on Aug 27 and Sept 3 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. Registration is required. Please click HERE to register online or call 604-590-4021 or email

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 Aug 28 and Sept 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. For questions or referrals, please contact Tina Power at or email

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 more information and we will follow up with you. Please contact us at, 604-684-2504 or visit our website 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.

Hiring Event

Sun Life’s Meet, Greet and Speed Interview - Join us for an interactive experience with Sun Life’s hiring managers! During this event, there will be:
  • an employer presentation
  • Q & A
  • a quick office tour
  • and a speed interview with hiring Managers (8-10 minutes per Candidate)
Bring your resume and come on by on Wednesday August 28 from 1 pm – 3 pm at Metrotower II Suite 720. Please register HERE as seats are limited. Seats are given on a first come first serve basis.

Employment Events

A Talk With “20/20 Our Surrey Vision” - The 20/20 Vision is a project by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, which approaches a community driven change through active engagements and ideas from all Surrey citizens of all different backgrounds.
Downtown Surrey is growing – What's your vision? Your ideas matter: Come and share with us what do you love about Downtown Surrey? What makes Downtown Surrey a wonderful home and an ideal place to learn, work and play?
Join our conversation on Friday August 23 from 10 am – 12 pm at ISSofBC Surrey Welcome Centre.

Resumes and Cover Letters Workshop - A free workshop for permanent residents, refugees (government assisted or privately sponsored), and live-in-caregivers who identify as women. 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 Monday August 26 from 1 pm – 4 pm at ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre room 102. To register, please contact Rahila Ansari at 604-684-3599 ext 1277 or

How to Get Canadian ExperienceDo you find yourself challenged during an interview when employers ask, “do you have Canadian work experience?”
Come and learn how to handle this kind of frustrating question, how to gain Canadian experience, more about the job market, job finding techniques, and the interview process.
Join us on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at VPL Central branch - Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8.
Registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome. To register, please contact Janet Salvador at 604-684-3599 or
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