On December 2, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) honoured the extraordinary impact that mentors have made in the careers of skilled immigrants via The Mentoring Partnership (TMP) at its Annual Recognition Reception.
Mentoring is a life-changing experience for skilled immigrants looking for career opportunities commensurate with their education and expertise. When matched with a leader in their profession, newcomers are given exposure to the job market, effective job search strategies and greater understanding of the Canadian workplace. Over 75 per cent of all mentees in The Mentoring Partnership are employed in their field within 12 months.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, TMP has matched over 10,000 skilled immigrants with leaders in their respective professions.
At the event, the Mentoring Partnership announced its development plan through an investment by LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact, bringing transformative hands-on support over five years.
By combining the strengths of its staff, advisors and sector partners – The Boston Consulting Group, McCarthy Tétrault, Cossette, Ernst & Young and The Offord Group – the Centre catalyzes massive social change in Canada. The partnership between the Centre and TRIEC will help scale the Mentoring Partnership, a program addressing unemployment and underemployment of skilled immigrants in the GTA and across Canada.
The Mentoring Partnership brings together recent skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. This relationship has become a powerful way of supporting newcomers to the GTA in their search for meaningful employment. Mentors are given the opportunity to hone their leadership skills in an increasingly diversifying workplace.
“In 2014, the Mentoring Partnership reached two historic milestones: the 10th anniversary of the program and 10,000 successful mentor-mentee matches that have changed thousands of lives for the better,” said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.
The Mentoring Partnership’s success to date has been driven by its employer and service delivery partners. CIBC is one such partner: their employees have mentored more than 500 immigrant professionals via the program.
“CIBC’s employee participation in the Mentoring Partnership furthers our commitment to enhance the experience for newcomers to Canada. Through this TRIEC program, we too have been mentored,” said Gillian Whitebread, Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion and Executive Talent Management. “The program has provided our employees with a stronger appreciation of international talent and an opportunity to think with a global mindset, while further developing our employee’s coaching skills – a win-win for all.”
EY received special recognition for its efforts in matching 100 skilled immigrants with leaders in their chosen industries. The Mentoring Partnership also honoured individual mentors from EY who have made a difference in the lives of 10 or more skilled immigrants in 2014 and mentee-turned-mentors in the program.
The Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of employer and community partners and operates as a program of TRIEC.
TRIEC creates and champions solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Region labour market.
Prominent employer partners in The Mentoring Partnership include the City of Toronto and TD Canada Trust, who have previously reached 1000 mentoring matches, and Scotiabank and CIBC, who have made more than 500 matches between skilled immigrant professionals and their staff.
Posted: Jan 4, 2015