Subject: Upcoming Career Events and Programs and New Programs

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Upcoming Career Events and Programs for Newcomers and New Programs

Many new cohorts are beginning again in our various programs to help you find employment along with other free workshops and programs. 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.


International Culinary Training Needs - Are you interested in a cooking career that specializes in a specific international / ethnic cuisine? If so, then we need your input! go2HR, BC’s tourism and hospitality HR association, is conducting a study to see if there is potential to develop training focusing on particular cuisines. This is part of a needs assessment to identify the cuisines in highest demand and the relevant training needs for these cooks and chefs. go2HR is looking for people in BC who are interested in studying different cuisines and working in restaurants that specialize in a variety of international cuisines. If you would like to complete the online survey, please click HERE. Deadline for taking the survey is Friday June 28.

Grants for Education

Educational Bursaries available! - ISSofBC is encouraging education for newcomers to Canada with nine bursaries. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, June 30. Eligible applicants committed to their academic pursuits may apply for more than one. Applications are now available ONLINE or through any ISSofBC location.

Employment Programs and Events

Prepare for Career in Food Industry – An event by women…for women. A free workshop for women who have permanent residents status (including protected person, refugees and live-in-caregivers). Meet the industry expert, Nicole Higgins, Director of Big Deal Ingredients. Food industry is more than restaurants and grocery stores, find out different job and career opportunities. Speaker will discuss:
  • The food industry and food science
  • Different positions and training required
  • Career advancement and training opportunities
Come join us on Thursday July 4 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm at ISSofBC New Westminster. To register, please click HERE or email

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