New immigrants graduate, filling need in labour market

TORONTO, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - JVS Toronto, in partnership with George Brown College, will be graduating a class of students from their successful IPLACE program. International Professionals Learning to Access Careers and Employment, (IPLACE) is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) as well as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), enabling students to take the 20-week program free-of-charge.

Students are internationally trained professionals, who want to become Job Developers, which is an area that is presently faced with a labour shortage. Job Developers match clients seeking employment with suitable employers. They work in both the non-profit and for-profit placement and recruitment industries.

Karen Goldenberg, CEO and President of JVS Toronto, says the program has been highly successful for a number of reasons. "With the partnership with George Brown College, we are able to teach skills ranging from understanding the Canadian workplace culture to how to study labour market trends. Our students leave the class job ready, having been through 14 weeks in the classroom and a six-week practicum, knowing how to help others find jobs."

Upon graduation, students receive a certificate from JVS Toronto and George Brown College and are ready and qualified to seek full time employment as Job Developers within the public sector. With an 85% placement record, and a higher-than-average job retention rate, the IPLACE program is a true success story.

    Graduation Ceremony Information:

    Thursday, October 15th, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    3780 - 14th Avenue, Suite 109 and 110
    Markham, Ontario

    Expected guests:
    The Honourable Michael Chan. Ontario Minister of Citizenship and
    Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti
    CEO and President of JVS Toronto, Karen Goldenberg

JVS Toronto is a non-profit organization that was founded over 60 years ago to assist Jewish immigrants in finding employment after World War II. Today, the organization works with thousands of people from diverse backgrounds with diverse needs. JVS Toronto helps clients identify their strengths and goals, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school, work and life. Since 1947, this remarkable organization has enabled over 500,000 people to fulfill their potential.


For further information: For further information: Abby Robins, Director of Communications and Marketing, JVS Toronto, (416) 787-1151 ext. 276 (office), (416) 277-3340 (cell),

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