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If you’re an engineer, architect or an IT, Human Resources or Finance professional, IEC-BC’s Connector Program is currently recruiting business leaders in these occupations who want to share their industry knowledge and help open doors for job-ready immigrants. Connector is a simple and effective referral program that helps skilled immigrants build and expand their professional network by connecting them with local professionals from their industry. This national, award-winning program was developed by the Greater Halifax Partnership and has been replicated in 12 cities across Canada.
In recognition of the current demand for skilled professionals in northern BC communities, IEC-BC will be launching a marketing campaign later this month to promote jobs currently available in three northern communities – Prince George, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John – to immigrant talent in Metro Vancouver. The campaign also features employer workshops in the three communities to build employer capacity to attract, hire and retain skilled immigrants as well as an expansion of IEC-BC’s MentorConnect and Connector programs.
As IEC-BC marks the major milestone of transforming from an organization incubated under the Vancouver Foundation, to becoming an independent non-profit organization, IEC-BC Executive Director, Kelly Pollack reflects on where the organization has come from and where it is heading.
The BC Jobs Plan released in September 2011 identified Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a key sector driving the growth of BC’s economy to 2020 and beyond. The benefits of LNG investment and development will not be realized without the right workforce, in the right place, at the right time. IEC-BC has launched two projects to enhance the capacity of employers in the sector, especially small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), to find, hire and retain skilled immigrants, and to address some of the key barriers to foreign qualification recognition in the LNG sector in BC.