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Chamber Hosts Free Workshops Promoting Hiring Foreign Trained Professionals

In an effort to benefit local small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and to integrate more internationally trained professionals (ITPs) and skilled workers into the local labour force, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host free training seminars to business owners, hiring managers and HR professions in Oshawa on November 25, 2010 and January 7, 2011 as part of the Global Experience @ Work Initiative Durham.

Earlier this year in an effort to better integrate foreign trained workers into the labour force, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) announced that they are assisting fifteen communities as they facilitate bridging between workers and potential employers.

Global Experience @ Work involves two stages:

1. Local Chamber Programs – partner within its Chamber network to leverage local expertise and experience with the goal towards raising awareness about the importance of integrating foreign trained professionals into the workforce.

2. International Outreach – host a series of video conferences to provide candidates from foreign markets the opportunity to interact directly with Ontario employers.

Over sixty community organizations will partner in the local community programs which will take place in the following locations: Brampton, Chatham, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener – Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Peterborough, Oshawa, Trenton, Picton, Belleville, Smith Falls, St. Catharines and Timmins.

“Although the Durham Region immigration numbers are not as high as Toronto’s as yet, it is important for the Region to stay ahead in preparing our ever growing business community. Identifying the labour force skills gaps that employers face on a daily basis is a top priority. In this global economy, knowledge is power. With clear knowledge and understanding of the issues that SMEs face as they seek to fill positions, employers taking this free workshop will know exactly where to go to help resolve many issues they may face along the way”, said Jason Irani, Project Co-ordinator for the Global Experience @ Work Initiative Durham.

With support of the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada, the OCC will provide over $1,000,000 in grants through its Global Experience @ Work (GE@W) program to Chambers of Commerce in fifteen communities in Ontario.

“Ontario is a magnet for the world – we attract people from around the globe who want to pursue new careers, and lifetime ambitions. But so often we fail to make these dreams come true. We need to better integrate these talented new Ontarians into businesses that can benefit from their expertise, insight, global experience and connections,” says Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

To register for the FREE WORKSHOP ON HIRING BEST PRACTICES call Jason Irani at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce at 905.728.8966 or email globalew@oshawachamber.com

Global Experience @ Work Initiative Durham is funded in part by Global Experience @ Work, an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, with support and funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.