Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Improving the Literacy and Essential Skills of Immigrants (2013)

This document, part of a webinar presented in November 2013, looks at innovative models and best practices for integrating Essential Skills (ES) into a variety of immigrant settlement services.

The webinar brought together representatives of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) in Nova Scotia; Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) and Bow Valley College, both located in Alberta; and the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) of Employment and Skills Development Canada, host of the webinar.

The authors note that immigrants make up a significant portion of Canada’s labour force and while many employers appreciate the technical skills immigrants bring to the workforce, they are also looking for workers who have “soft skills” such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. Organizations that serve immigrants can play a central role in communicating how Essential Skills contribute to job success and in helping immigrants address their skills gaps.

The webinar includes an overview of how ISIS has systematically integrated Essential Skills into its settlement services, including labour market language programs, work placements, and pre-employment workshops designed to increase immigrants’ employability skills.

The Engineering and Technology Upgrading Program, designed by CCIS in partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, incorporates an ES-based employment preparation training model to provide educated, experienced newcomers with the upgrading they need to find good jobs in Canada. To date, the program has achieved an overall job placement rate of 97 percent.

The final segment of the webinar focuses on Bow Valley College’s Success in the Workplace project, as well as its participation in the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ National Literacy and Essential Skills Framework project, which piloted a training program to help immigrant professional workers overcome skills gaps that stood in the way of workplace success.

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2014-01-21
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Bow Valley College, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) and Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS). Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Improving the Literacy and Essential Skills of Immigrants 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/esdc/webinar_innovative_approaches/webinar_innovative_approaches.pdf>
Bow Valley College, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) & Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) (2013). Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Improving the Literacy and Essential Skills of Immigrants. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/esdc/webinar_innovative_approaches/webinar_innovative_approaches.pdf
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