Media Advisory - Immigrant organizations help employers solve the labour crunch

    "Labour Crunch Solution" Workshop to be held Tuesday, June 12

    VANCOUVER, June 11 /CNW/ - Several BC immigrant settlement associations
are helping employers tap into BC's hidden talent pool: immigrants who are
ready to work but who fall through traditional hiring practices.
    "There's been a lot of talk about how employers are facing a labour
crunch," says Craig Woods, Program Manager for S.U.C.C.E.S.S., an immigrant
and employer-serving agency that operates throughout BC.
    "Our goal is to help them recognize and reach the great labour resource
that's available - but often overlooked - in the province," he says. "There
are educated, skilled immigrants who sometimes aren't hired for the simplest
of reasons - a resume that's not the right style, a lack of knowledge about
how to network, inexperience with Canadian interviewing methods. With a bit of
thought and planning, employers can adapt their recruitment practices and find
many of the employees they need," says Woods.
    "We've had great success finding skilled immigrants to join our team,"
says Danny Strilchuk, Diversity Manager for Spectra Energy and an advisor to
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. "But it does take some change; recruiting is no longer a matter
of just opening the door and finding a line-up of Canadian-born job seekers
wanting to work for you. The good news is that new immigrants can bring a lot
of talent and dedication to the job."
    Efforts to help employers include an informational workshop to be held in
Vancouver tomorrow (see below), presentations to various business
organizations, vignettes airing on the Knowledge Network, and a website called
the "5 Step Solution" ( that provides links to the best
on-line employer resources for hiring immigrants.
    "Our research found that good on-line resources for employers were
already out there," says Woods. "However, they were dense - a lot of
information for busy people. And many employers didn't know they existed. By
creating and promoting the 5 Step Solution concept, we hope to make the
process easier, and to steer employers smoothly to the tools they need."
    The website, vignettes, workshops and presentations are the result of the
Employer Immigrant Success Stories project, developed by S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Several other immigrant settlement organizations, and an advisory panel from
the business community, helped steer the project. Funding was provided by
Services Canada.

    Media are invited to attend the June 12 "Labour Crunch Solution" Workshop
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    Where:   Choi Hall, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre, 28 West Pender,
             Vancouver, BC

    When:    Tuesday, June 12th at 10:30am
             Workshop is free; pre-registration is not required

    Speakers will include:

             - Danny Strilchuk, Manager of Diversity and Employment Equity
               Compliance, Spectra Energy
             - Shirley Caldwell, Training Manager, Roofing Contractors
               Association of BC
             - Tung Chan, CEO, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

For further information:

For further information: Craig Woods, Program Manager, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Training Institute, (Tel) (604) 588-6869, (Cell) (778) 231-9663,

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