The Skills Connect for Immigrants Program is funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training through WelcomeBC, and jointly offered by Back in Motion and MOSAIC in the Lower Mainland. Skills Connect aims to help skilled immigrants move more quickly into jobs that match their experience and background. We provide specialized assistance to immigrants by helping them to prepare for and obtain employment in every sector of the B.C. economy including transportation, construction, manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare.
Skills Connect offers career counselling, assessment and planning services, access to courses and certification, workplace practice opportunities, and job placements. Many immigrants have skills in occupations where there are shortages, but face challenges in navigating a complex labour market entry system, language barriers, difficulty getting their credentials recognized, and lack of employment networks. Skills Connect will address all of these issues and more. We provide immigrants with the resources, support, and expertise they require to attain their career goal in B.C.
It is expected that the Skills Connect for Immigrants Program will help over 4,000 immigrants obtain employment in areas related to their skills and qualifications. Back in Motion and MOSAIC are very experienced in helping people find meaningful work and have the solid connections with the employer community to ensure our clients’ success.
Since 1993, Back in Motion has been providing innovative solutions to job seekers, employees, employers, and program funders. Our 120 employees and contractors deliver assessment, pre-employment, and vocational rehabilitation programs and services throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Back in Motion has helped thousands of clients enter and re-enter the workforce.
Growing and broadening our services requires professionals from various disciplines, working together to support people to successfully work and reach independence. It also takes professionals who understand both workers and employers, and who can work creatively to satisfy each group. To meet these needs, Back in Motion has assembled a leading team of top practitioners from a variety of disciplines. Our program and service staff is of the highest calibre, and are leaders in their respective disciplines. Our team is ethnically diverse and includes professionals from the following language groups: Punjabi, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, German, Farsi, Dutch, and Flemish. Back in Motion’s core values reflect our principles, ideals, and deeply held beliefs about helping people return to work and live full lives. These values stand alone—each one is vital to the effective functioning of the organization, and defines the environment in which we work. The following core values are central to Back in Motion:
- Achieve excellence; doing whatever it takes
- Ask questions; seek solutions
- The passion and power of the team
- Respect for all, always
- Measuring up: evidence-based methods and practice
- Honour our word and do the right thing
Back in Motion and MOSAIC piloted the original Skills Connect for Immigrants Program. We are the sole province-wide providers of Skills Connect Health.
MOSAIC is a multilingual, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving immigrants and refugees with settlement and integration needs for almost 30 years. Through diverse programs and services, MOSAIC serves over 35,000 clients each year assisting them to fully participate in Canadian society. The agency provides ongoing community assistance through our Settlement Services, Family Programs, Language Services (Interpretations and Translations), Language Centre and Daycare, and Employment Programs. MOSAIC has specific language capability in 26 languages in Settlement Services and over 90 languages through Languages Services.
Over the past 18 years, MOSAIC has successfully delivered over two-dozen employment programs and services to assist tens of thousands of unemployed immigrants and refugees to find meaningful employment. Through current programs and services, we serve approximately 2,000 clients each year, many of whom are skilled immigrants. MOSAIC has delivered effective services through funding from many sources including several provincial ministries and federal departments.
The Skills Connect for Immigrants Program is part of the WelcomeBC umbrella of services, made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.