IEC-BC’s Overseas Trip to Promote New Project

posted on April 28, 2016



IEC-BC is on the road through May 8 promoting its new FAST BC initiative overseas. Developed in partnership with the BCIT, this pilot project provides pre-arrival support to automotive service technicians, carpenters and power engineers, who have already received approval to immigrate to Canada. Through FAST BC, qualified candidates can evaluate their skills and knowledge, get gap training and build professional networks.

Since the Philippines and China are among the top source countries for immigrants to BC, the current trip will include a host of meetings, info sessions, presentations and workshops in Manila and Beijing. The project team will engage in dialogue with representatives of local training agencies, government representatives, immigration lawyer consortiums, and groups of potential clients about the benefits of FAST BC.

Funded by IRCC, IEC-BC’s new project aims to ensure that immigrants in the targeted trades get hired in jobs that utilize their skills and training; that BC employers gain the capacity necessary to integrate immigrants and build more inclusive workplaces; and, that regions and sectors currently experiencing skills shortages have better access to skilled immigrants, who are in the process of coming to BC.

The trip has been made possible through partnerships with with Colleges and Institutes Canada/Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BC/Active Engagement and Integration Project (AEIP), and the Multicultural Helping House Society.

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