VICTORIA — Several Canadian newcomers found work on Vancouver Island during May thanks to the Construction Foundation of British Columbia’s (CFBC) Welcome Exchange program.
The program offers supports to newcomers looking for work in the face of a common set of challenges, including a lack of familiarity with the Canadian labour market, a lack of references and not having proficient levels of English, reads a news release.
Through the program, each person received an individual assessment and specifically catered supports. The exchange also offers interpretation services for interviews.
“Each component of the job search process is important in its own way and putting one above the others simply does not make sense. Comprehensive support only works when each client is provided with an individualized approach, with an understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, needs and opportunities for employment in Canada,” said Daria Lysenko, CFBC career analyst, in the release.
“I truly rejoice with our clients when they find exactly the place where they would like to start their career path in Canada. These small wins inspire me to help other newcomers day-in and day-out.”