New network of networks builds connections for immigrant employment
TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Professional immigrant networks are not
new, but the dozens of associations of immigrants helping immigrants in
the GTA have been operating mostly under the radar - until now. At an
event at the Toronto Board of Trade today, the Toronto Region Immigrant
Employment Council (TRIEC), the Government of Canada and Scotiabank are
introducing a vital new website as part of the Professional Immigrant
Networks initiative (PINs) to forge connections between immigrants,
employers and community agencies - all with the goal of advancing
Professional immigrant networks are organized by profession or ethnicity
or both - from the Latin American MBA Alumni Network to the Chinese
Professionals Association of Canada and the Association of Filipino
Canadian Accountants. Collectively they serve more than 30,000 members.
The new PINs website will help newcomers access these professional
immigrant networks and through them build the connections they need to
find meaningful employment.
"Lack of professional connections and understanding of Canadian
corporate culture are the primary obstacles to meaningful employment
for skilled immigrants," says Gabriel Leiva von Bovet, President of the
professional immigrant network HispanoTech and a TRIEC board member.
"But thousands of newcomer professionals are using immigrant networks
to help themselves and each other get ahead. Our new website
capitalizes on this resourcefulness."
Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and sponsored by
Scotiabank, PINs benefits employers as well as immigrants. With the
diversifying population and the growth of the knowledge economy,
recruiting internationally experienced and multi-lingual personnel is
becoming a priority in most workplaces, both from the talent management
and business perspectives. As a case in point, PINs is jointly
sponsored by the human resources and business development arms of
Scotiabank. According to Pankaj Mehra, Director, Multicultural Banking,
India and South Asia Markets, the bank's investment in PINs meets the
objectives of both aspects of the business.
"We recognize that professionals coming into our country are not just
prospective employees and managers, but also customers," says Mr.
Mehra. "Immigrant employees can be important ambassadors for the bank
by not only helping us grow our business, but also helping us
strengthen our ties to their communities."
PINs connects employers to professional immigrant networks and allows
them to communicate directly and efficiently with target markets. Last
year alone, TRIEC disseminated 100 job postings out to the professional
immigrant networks from 25 employers through PINs. The new website will
make these connections even easier, with a searchable directory of
networks and a messaging function for employers to post jobs.
To access the new website, visit www.NetworksForImmigrants.ca.
About TRIEC. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council creates and champions
solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto
Region labour market. For more information visit www.triec.ca
SOURCE Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
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