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Accessibility for Specialized Populations in One-stop Employment Centres: Best Practices from the UK, US and Australia

Wendy Bancroft of it’s about us research presented findings from the Centre’s study on Accessibility for Specialized Populations in One-stop Employment Centres: Best Practices from the UK, US and Australia.

Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace

There is a legal mandate to accommodate religious practices in the workplace. However, accommodation should not only be a requirement. It is good human resource practice to create an open environment that recognizes religious practices of all employees. A company can improve employee satisfaction and productivity by helping employees feel like they can bring their whole self to work and not having to “hide” a part of themselves in the workplace. In this webinar, learn from legal expert Dave McKechnie of McMillan about the duty to accommodate employees’ religious practices and hear from Irit Kelman, Mount Sinai, and Debbie Pawelczyk, RBC, on how to create and implement practical accommodation policies for your company. The session is moderated by diversity expert Rhonda Singer from Coaching for Action. Speakers Dave McKechnie, Partner, Employment & Labour Relations, McMillan Irit Kelman, Human Rights & Health Equity Specialist,Mount SinaiHospital Debbie Pawelczyk, Sr. Advisor – Workplace Accommodation, Employee Relations, RBC Moderator Rhonda Singer, Senior Associate, Coaching for Action   Watch  

Alternative Careers in Engineering

Looking for a job related to Engineering in British Columbia? If you’re a newcomer who has worked in Architecture, Engineering or other related fields, but are not able or ready to re-license for the same job in B.C., then an alternative career may be for you. This webinar will give you lots of ideas for finding work in a field that uses your skills and knowledge.

Alternative Careers in Environmental and Life Sciences

The province of British Columbia has a growing and vibrant technology sector. This webinar is for Internationally-Trained Professionals aiming to work in the Environmental and Life Sciences field, but who aren’t able to or who choose not to re-licence in regulated occupations. Join us as we talk with a newcomer working in waste water management, the College of Applied Biology and ASTTBC. You’ll get great ideas for finding work in this field.

Alternative Careers in Information and Communication Technology

This webinar offers information and advice to newcomers to British Columbia about finding alternative careers in Information and Communications Technology. In particular, speakers will offer suggestions to Internationally-Trained Professionals from regulated fields who either choose not to, or are not able to, re-license in their field in Canada.

Best Practices Working with International Students

Learn strategies of engaging employers in the benefits of hiring international students. Gain tools to working across campus to address the needs of international students. Develop resources to expand global opportunities for international students.

Bias-Free Assessment and Hiring: Measuring a Candidate’s Ability to Succeed in the Workplace

When reviewing job candidate profiles, it is important to assess all qualifications and prior experience regardless of where it is obtained. This gives you the opportunity to select from a wider pool of diverse talent. As of July 15, 2013 requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code, according to the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy (OHRC). In this webinar, you will hear about this new OHRC policy on removing “Canadian experience”. A moderated discussion with two employers follows – the international law firm Denton’s and the Ottawa based IT company Pythian on how they assess the qualifications and competencies of new employees. We also provide practical examples on how you can implement effective hiring practices that discounts “Canadian experience”.

Bridging the Gap: How a Focus on the Demand-Side Creates New Opportunities

In September 2014, First Work organized a webinar on demand-led approaches to improving labour market outcomes for youth as part of its Employer Engagement Campaign. The webinar focused on the “Transitioning in New Times” pilot initiative at Lutherwood.

Brokering Success: Improving Skilled Immigrant Employment Outcomes

Poor employment outcomes for skilled immigrants have long been a problem in Canada. Despite efforts to better integrate new immigrants into the labour market and to close the gap between the incomes of newcomers and their Canadian-born peers, skilled immigrants continue to experience higher levels of unemployment. Brokering Success examines the improvement of employment outcomes for skilled immigrants through strengthened government-employer engagement. It explains the necessity to design and implement initiatives that focus on “demand-led” employment supports for new skilled immigrants rather than those solely focused on job seekers’ skills and abilities.

Building on Knowledge – Initiatives to Support Internationally Trained Workers

This webinar featured presentations on two pilot projects that support Internationally Trained Workers (ITWs), the Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Pilot Project (FCR) and the Active Career Advancement Project (ACAP). Dr. Louise Legault and Julie Rodier of Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) kicked off the webinar with an overview of findings three years into the FCR project. Michael Lam followed with an overview of Active Career Advancement Project (ACAP), S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’ national pilot project.

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