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Work experience programme for new arrivals in Canada hailed a success

Canada’s immigration and citizenship minister Jason Kenny has highlighted the benefits of the country’s Federal Internship for Newcomers programme. The FIN programme helps people who have moved to Canada successfully integrate into the community and obtain work experience.

Since it was launched in 2010 almost 200 newcomers in several cities across Canada have taken part and benefited, he told an audience at a graduation ceremony in Ottawa. He explained that this year, close to 70 graduates of the programme can look forward to a better shot at success in the Canadian job market.

‘The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers successfully integrate into the Canadian economy as quickly as possible. Obtaining Canadian work experience is a key part of success in Canada’s labour market and the FIN offers newcomers that valuable experience,’ he explained.

He also pointed out that the programme has a high success rate with preliminary results indicate that over 70% of those who have participated in the programme were then able to enter the work force in their chosen profession.

The FIN Program provides permanent residents, and new citizens, temporary placements to gain the Canadian work experience they need to enter the Canadian work force. Newcomers who participate complete internships in fields such as policy, administration, finance, computer science, project management and science. Applications for the next round of the programme are available online on from 13 to 14 May.

Interns are hired as casual employees for 90 working days although the internship may be extended an additional 90 working days. Internships are offered in various categories including policy, administration, project management, computer science, communications, science and engineering and a mentor is provided for the duration of the internship. The number and types of positions in a given year are determined according to the demand of participating public and private sector organizations.

In addition to gaining work experience, applicants also learn about Canadian workplace culture, understanding the hiring processes, can network with members of the public service and private sector and attend orientation sessions or training.

RAY CLANCY

APRIL 29, 2013

http://www.expatforum.com/canada/work-experience-programme-for-new-arrivals-in-canada-hailed-a-success.html

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