Training and Skill Development Opportunities to Support Newcomers’ Career Advancement

Building a successful career in a new country is an exciting prospect but comes with a range of significant challenges. It’s essential for newcomers to ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the job market, integrate into the workforce and advance their careers.

To do this, newcomers need to be able to access appropriate skills training. At a time when Canadian government agencies, organizations and businesses understand the importance of attracting and retaining skilled new talent, skills training is receiving greater attention.

Organizations such as The Immigrant Education Society in Calgary provide newcomers with opportunities to learn English, build employment skills and develop their digital capabilities. Similar organizations can be found in communities across the country, with businesses also sponsoring skills training for new employees and the wider community.

Language Proficiency

The importance of proficiency in English or French is essential for anyone who wants to develop a successful career in the Canadian workplace. Language classes are available countrywide, helping newcomers develop their language skills in both verbal and written communication. Language confidence can open the doors to a wider range of career opportunities, enabling newcomers to build strong professional networks.

Addressing The Skills Gap

Training and development programs can and do help to bridge the gap between the required workplace skills and what newcomers may already possess. They provide newcomers with industry-specific knowledge, technical skills, and exposure to workplace norms. This gives newcomers the tools they need to compete effectively in the job market and to contribute meaningfully to their chosen profession.

Industry Specific Training

Certain sectors of the Canadian economy are experiencing significant challenges when it comes to recruiting the highly skilled talent they need to fill vacancies. Industry-specific training is a key means by which newcomers can be equipped to fill those vacancies.

Labour shortages also mean that when someone does acquire those necessary skills they will have significant opportunities to advance. Sectors such as healthcare, information technology, engineering and hospitality among others all work with educational institutions to provide industry-specific training.

Internships and Work Placement Programs

Learning on the job is one of the most effective ways for newcomers to acquire the skills and experience they need to thrive. Businesses that provide internship programs for newcomers can gain access to highly motivated and ambitious new talent.

Experienced professionals, including those who were themselves once newcomers, can help individuals to develop their skills. Internships can also serve as a gateway to permanent employment opportunities. It also creates a framework through which newcomers can begin to build a strong professional network. 

Mentoring & Coaching

Rolling out opportunities for mentoring and coaching is one of the most valuable resources that organizations can provide for new talent. Seasoned professionals can share insights, offer guidance, provide support and be there to provide advice when it’s needed to help newcomers prosper. Mentors also serve as role models, instilling confidence, helping to identify opportunities and encouraging newcomers to be ambitious in their career goals.

Starting a new career in a new country is a daunting prospect. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help that you need. You will usually find willing support from your colleagues, employer and the wider community.

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