To assist overseas students in finding employment after graduation, the Saint John Newcomers Centre has developed a new programme. According to the center’s executive director, Mohamed Bagha, the programme serves as a link between companies and foreign students and places a strong emphasis on matching skills.
“We do a skills assessment so that when we are placing international students in a position, they are successful in those positions,” he said to Shift N.B. “It’s a win-win situation for the new hire and the employer,”
According to a report by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, 81% of overseas students desire to stay in the province but less than 25% are able to find good jobs. Bagha expressed his expectation that this would be a method of addressing the low proportion.
People relocate to a town in the Saint John region in search of opportunity, he claimed. But we must do everything in our power to help them find it. One of the main issues, according to Bagha, is that students often lack cultural training or knowledge of Canadian business culture.
He explained that the objective is to construct a systematic job plan that begins while overseas students are still enrolled in school. Specifically, providing them with academic support, career development tools, mentorship programmes, and opportunities for hands-on training.
The programme is being coordinated by the newcomer center, which serves as a liaison between employers and students. In his words, “hiring talent right in the community is much cheaper for the employer and much easier for [students] to stay.” It can be highly expensive to hire new employees.
Bagha added that the programme is there to help if companies need assistance. Also, want to know what kind of procedure to use, or want to know how to integrate overseas students into the job market. Both employers and students may require training in cultural awareness and what is expected of them in a Canadian job.
Funding of New Brunswick Program
As per the announcement made in January, Saint John Program is a local version of provincial program. Additionally, the study and success in New Brunswick program is funded for 3 years with about $5,00,000 (INR 4,11,76,750) from provincial and federal agencies.
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