Common Questions

Who Can Participate?

  • Eligible program participants MUST have permanent resident status in Canada.
  • It is preferred that program participants also meet the following criteria:
    • Have arrived in Canada within the last 5 years
    • Have at least intermediate English language skills
    • Are either unemployed and not receiving provincial or federal assistance, or are under employed and not working at a level that utilizes their pre-arrival skills, experience and knowledge

Who pays for Skills Connect?

  • All services provided by Skills Connect are fully funded by the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development. Additional financial support is also available for skill upgrading activities such as course fees, membership fees, licensing fees, and certification fees.
  • Skills Connect is free to employers who hire, provide mentorship or welcome clients for work experience.

How does Skills Connect work?

Each client will work one to one with an employment counsellor and a job developer through one or more of the following activities depending on individual needs:

a. Assessment and Individual Action Planning:

Assess your skills and background to identify the right career for you in B.C. Develop a personalized career action plan that outlines all the steps required to attain your career goal.

The specific activities involved in this component include:

  • Assessment of English language skills, academic qualifications, technical skills, essential skills, career management skills, and financial means
  • Identifying short and long term employment goals
  • Development of an individualized career action plan
  • Information and referral to appropriate services

b. Skill Enhancement Services:

Need your B.C. certification or an upgrade to Canada’s requirements? Need to become a member of a professional association or take a course to enhance your skills? Carry out your career action plan and access the training you need through Skills Connect.

The specific activities accessed through this component include:

  • All fees applicable to regulatory bodies and professional associations for certification and licensing requirements.
  • Document translation and credential evaluation assistance
  • Upgrading English language skills, job search skills, career management skills, essential skills, and technical skills
  • Limited academic upgrading
  • Orientation to workplace culture

c. Workplace Orientation and Practice Services:

Not sure about the local workplace or how to find a job in your profession? Skills Connect will help you gain valuable insight into Canadian work place culture by connecting you with employers that need your skills. Practice your interviewing skills, access job mentorship or training opportunities, access job leads and find employment. Skills Connect will help you every step of the way.

The specific activities involved in this component include:

  • Providing pre-employment coaching and support—building self confidence and refining interview skills
  • Advising of job leads, assisting with arranging informational and job interviews
  • Mentorship and/or job shadowing
  • Workplace orientation,
  • Résumé/cover letter writing

Skills Connect for Immigrants Program participants’ countries of origin:

China:
38%
Iran:
14%
Philippines:
9%
India:
8%
Russia:
5%
Iraq:
3%
Mexico:
3%
Ukraine:
3%
Other:
18%