HRSDC forecasts future shortage of skilled HR workers
TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - York University has launched a bridging program for internationally educated human resources (HR)
professionals to help skilled immigrants fill the gaps between their credentials and
what is required to land a position in their profession in Canada.
The program launch addresses an anticipated need given a recent Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) report that predicts
there will be a shortage of human resources professionals over the next
10 years (Canadian Occupational Projection System 2011 Projections: Imbalances
Between Labour Demand and Supply 2011-2020).
"There is an anticipated future gap for trained HR professionals as baby
boomers retire and an obvious solution is to create the ability for
talented professionals who are immigrating into the country to address
that shortage," says Parbudyal Singh, Professor of Human Resources
Management at York University. "York's bridging program will help
immigrant HR specialists get the Canadian experience and designations
required to gain meaningful employment in that field."
Ana Carolina Andrade, an HR professional who moved to Canada from
Brazil, reflects the challenges immigrants can face. Despite
considerable HR experience, including working for a major North
American automotive manufacturer in Brazil, she has been unable to find
an equivalent job since arriving in Canada and decided to enroll in
York's bridging program.
"Despite my employment experience and expertise, it's been a challenge
finding a position similar to the one I held in Brazil," says Andrade.
"York's program is already showing me some of the nuances of doing
business in Canada while also enabling me to work towards my Certified
Human Resources Professional designation."
A track record of success
"We've helped many business and IT internationally educated
professionals find meaningful employment in the past two years, and are
well positioned to contribute to the future economy by playing a vital
role in bridging an anticipated gap in this field," says Art Noordeh,
Faculty Lead, York University Bridging Program for Internationally
The HR bridging program at York taps into the university's School of HR
Management, an acknowledged leader in human resources management
education. York's bridging programs for internationally educated
business, IT and HR professionals are highly customized for each
participant, individually tailoring a program based on each newcomer's
specific credentials, experience and chosen profession.
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