Skills Connect for Immigrants

Are you a newcomer looking for work in your field?

The Douglas College Skills Connect program has led over 2,700 Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley newcomers to employment fitting their pre-landing skills, experience and education. We work with internationally-trained professionals from a variety of occupations as well as people in regulated health fields seeking to work in a Canadian health care setting.

Training is offered in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey and Langley and in Abbotsford and Chilliwack in partnership with Abbotsford Community Services. The Skills Connect for Immigrants Program is fully funded through the Government of Canada.

Skills Connect for Immigrants participants receive:
  • Information about their trade or profession in Canada
  • A career plan
  • A professional resume and "Canadian-style" job search skills
  • Introductions to employers and professionals in their field
  • Job interviews
  • Language and credential assessments
  • Individual assistance and ongoing support
  • Funding for short-term courses to improve qualifications and English language skills

Skills Connect for Immigrants applicants are:
  • Immigrants with certification in their field OR
  • 5 years’ experience in a profession/trade or high skill occupation from outside of Canada OR
  • Employed immigrants lacking high school, Essential Skills or recognized certification
  • Individuals who are unemployed (and non-EI) or employed in a job outside their field
  • Individuals with an English proficiency at a high intermediate to advanced level
  • Immigrants who are motivated to find work in their field
  • Permanent Residents (5 years or less) living in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley area of British Columbia

How to register
To register for an information session in your area email skillsconnect@douglascollege.ca or call:
Burnaby: 604 438 3045
Surrey/Langley: 604 588 7772
Abbotsford/Chilliwack: 604 866 1645 or 604 866 0257

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