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Dec 10 2011

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The Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) Program for Newcomers

The Integrated Work Experience Strategy Program is a bridging program for internationally educated ICT professionals offered by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) in partnership with JVS Toronto in Ontario. The IWES Program in Ontario is funded by the Government of Ontario, who receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada.

IWES therefore targets unemployed or underemployed internationally educated professionals with a background in information and communications technology (ICT).

IWES aspires to help IEPs to:

  • Better integrate socially, economically and culturally into the Canadian society
  •  Increase their awareness of strengths and weaknesses when integrating into the Canadian labour market
  • Develop a sense of career management in the labour force
  • Enhance self-esteem and confidence
  • Connect with the broader community and become a contributing member

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Arrived in Canada no more than 3 years ago
  • Have Permanent Resident Status
  • Reside (permanent address) in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Have a Post Secondary Education
  • Have at least 2-3 years of recent work experience in IT
  • Score a minimum of ‘8’in each section on their Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment

This unique, hands-on program strives to ensure that IEPs new to Canada are truly prepared for employment within Canada’s ICT sector. Focusing on industry requirements for the right mix of technical and soft skills, IWES participants receive soft skills training in Workplace Cultural Intelligence, Workplace Communication, Business Networking Experience and Connection to Community.

If you are an internationally educated ICT/IT professional newly immigrated to Canada (within the last three years), are legally entitled to work in Canada, and have a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment overall score of 7-8 or higher – then the IWES program is for you!

IWES intake 9 registration is now Open and is scheduled to begin on January 16, 2012. Applications are being be accepted until Monday, January 9, 2012.

Please check this flyer for more details.

If you are interested in this program and wish to enroll yourself, please contact

Michelle Frazer
Program Assistant
Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) Program
3780 14th Avenue, Suite 310
Markham, Ontario L3R 9Y5
Email: michelle.frazer@jvstoronto.org OR iwesON@ictc-ctic.ca

Indira Prabhakaran.

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1 comment

  1. gibo

    I am an HR manager in a mid size Canadian company. We are having a hard time finding certain types of workers in Canada and are therefore looking for workers outside Canada. We are going to be applying for a labor market impact assessment. Before we submit the application, however, we wanted to know if certain professions are more likely to get an L MIA approval for? Anyone with experience in this matter who could share would be appreciated.

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