The Employment Program provides immigrants, live-in caregivers and refugee newcomers with information about BC’s job market, guidance and support on employment issues and connection to the broader community.
The Employment Practitioner works collaboratively with business owners and employers to gain strong support for the benefit of IMSS clients. Having a realistic career plan and identifying potential barriers, referrals to employment resources and training through the support of the community partners including CNC and WorkBC Mackenzie, Industry Training Authority, Volunteer PG, STEP to connect skilled workers with employers and referrals to MOSAIC have been a huge part of the success of the employment services. The employment clients are assessed to identify their employment needs and also for referral to the appropriate agency. Also, information sessions, one- on -one career counselling and mentoring are on-going services offered to the clients. Clients are given the opportunity to meet with the employment practitioner as often as needed once an action plan is created.
Other factors that contribute to the success of the program delivery include:
- Workshops on employment readiness skills which provide the employment clients with the essential skills such as: Cover Letter and Resume Writing; Job Interview Skills and Preparation & Essential and Soft Skills for the Workplace.
- Basic communication plan with clients and strictly following up with correspondence and action items from the initial assessment, as well as creating individual goal plans determines the service delivery model that will work best for each client.
- Basic computer training in order to complete job specific research.
- Job Fairs being organized every year.