Newcomers finding diversity policies aren't working
TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Despite their good intentions, Canadian employers have been slow to
embrace diversity. A new study of Internationally Educated
Professionals (IEPs) found that fewer than half (49 per cent) work in
companies that have policies welcoming new Canadians.
The 5th annual research study of IEPs and local employers was
commissioned by the Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI).
"While employers recognize the value of hiring new Canadians in our
global economy, we're finding workplace diversity and recruitment
policies lack the bite needed to really make a difference," said Silma
Roddau, President of PCPI. "IEPs recognize they are responsible for
learning about the Canadian workplace, but employers also need to do
more to welcome new Canadians and workers from different cultures."
The study, "PROGRESS: IEPs' Experience Matters", focuses on the experience of mid-career IEPs, or those with six to 15
years experience in the workplace. A total of 560 IEPs were surveyed,
of which 238 are employed and 322 unemployed. A total of 24 Toronto
region employers in small, medium and large, public, private and
non-profit sectors were also surveyed. The study found that IEPs and
employers have different views on how well diversity programs are
34 per cent of working IEPs said their employers do not have the
resources to address workplace cultural and new Canadian issues.
71 per cent of employers say their diversity programs have been
successful or very successful.
Only 45 per cent of employers have a method of assessing credentials,
including interviews, testing, World Education Services (WES)
demonstration of skills and background and reference checks.
The study also found that the more regulated the industry the more
likely IEPs were to find work. For example, credentialed health care
workers were twice as likely to find work in their fields compared to
workers with business, finance and administration backgrounds.
The study was released at the 9th Annual 2012 Internationally Educated Professionals Conference hosted by
PCPI and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The conference
is designed to bring together IEPs, regulatory bodies and associations,
government, businesses, and accreditation organizations to discuss
strategies and provide tips on integrating IEPs into the workforce.
This is the largest networking event of its kind - attended by over 120
business leaders and over 1,000 IEPs from 100 countries, as well as
industry experts to share their successes and strategies in integrating
IEPs into Canada's workforce.
About Progress Career Planning Institute: PCPI is a business-focused, not-for-profit organization that offers
career development services for people to realize their full potential.
The Annual Internationally Educated Professionals Conference is a key
component of its work.
To learn more about the IEP Conference visit http://www.iep.ca
SOURCE Progress and Career Planning Institute
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