Community-Based Learning Opportunities, Winner, 2004: Skills for Change Supports Skilled Immigrant Employment (2004)

Skills for Change (SfC), a non-profit organization operating out of Toronto, has been a pioneer in developing and delivering sector-specific employment preparation programs to meet the growing unemployment and underemployment problem among Canada’s skilled new immigrants.

Since the late 1960s, Canada’s immigration policy has attracted a large number of skilled immigrants who, since their arrival, have encountered significant barriers to employment in their field. Generic employment preparation programs often don’t meet the transition needs of highly skilled newcomers, leaving a large gap in employment support programs.

Skills for Change responded to the gap in the Toronto area by developing employment services and supports for new immigrants with specific skill sets. More than 10,000 clients from a broad range of immigrant and refugee communities in Toronto are served annually by the organization.

SfC’s specific objectives include helping immigrants and refugees find jobs in accounting, engineering, health care, and information technology sectors; developing immigrants’ awareness of the Canadian labour market; giving participants the necessary job search skills to access and use available community resources; and helping clients to develop realistic career action plans.

All applicants for SfC programs and services are assessed to determine program eligibility, language and skill levels, and educational and occupational experience.

Language training has always been a core program at Skills for Change. Potential clients whose English language skills are insufficient are offered the opportunity to enrol in a SfC language program, offered in partnership with local school boards.

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Alison Campbell. Community-Based Learning Opportunities, Winner, 2004: Skills for Change Supports Skilled Immigrant Employment 2004. Web. 23 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_immigrant_winner_2004/cblo_immigrant_winner_2004.pdf>
Alison Campbell (2004). Community-Based Learning Opportunities, Winner, 2004: Skills for Change Supports Skilled Immigrant Employment. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_immigrant_winner_2004/cblo_immigrant_winner_2004.pdf
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