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Specialized language training programs help newcomers succeed


CareerAIM.com’s recently released Canadian Job Market Report predicted a slight drop in the national rate of new employment over October and November. The number of new Canadian job advertisements – an indicator of future hiring intentions – fell slightly between August and September, down 3.1 per cent from 214,319 job postings in August to 208,608 in September. Some ground was also lost in the year-over-year rate of job postings.

Though the number of job postings dropped in all provinces except for Quebec, which improved by 0.8 per cent between August and September, there were very significant differences between provinces. The largest decline was in Ontario (-8.5 per cent), followed by British Columbia (-5.2 per cent), Nova Scotia (-4.9 per cent), Newfoundland and Labrador (-4.2 per cent), Prince Edward Island (-3.5 per cent), Manitoba (-3.1 per cent), New Brunswick (-2.8 per cent), Saskatchewan (-0.9 per cent) and Alberta (-0.1 per cent).

What does this mean to new immigrants? While seasonal job opportunities tend to increase during this time of year with retailers and other businesses looking for short-term, part-time help, many of those positions are filled by students with a flexible schedule. Newcomer centres across Canada provide guidance on how to tailor resumés and hone interview and presentation skills to better your chances. This help, funded in many cases by the federal and provincial governments, is provided free of cost.

Ontario’s investment in education and skills training of newcomers is part of the Open Ontario plan to create new opportunities for jobs and growth.

“Our specialized language training programs help newcomers succeed in the workplace,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “We’re working in partnership with employers, school boards, and newcomers themselves to build a stronger workforce and a more prosperous and open Ontario.”

Amrit Mangat, MPP, Mississauga-Brampton South, said, “Ontario succeeds when talented newcomers can put their skills to work for our province’s economy. Specialized language training programs, like the one in Mississauga, make it easier for newcomers and their families to integrate into Ontario’s labour force.”

Visit www.careeraim.com for more information.

Posted: Dec 4, 2010

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