Did you know that as an immigrant or refugee in Canada, you can transfer your skills from your previous education and/or experience to start a fulfilling career helping others in need? If you live in Ontario, a specific employment bridging program can help you. Whether your professional knowledge from your previous country is in legal, health, government, education, social, community services, or other human service areas, that expertise combined with your own immigration experience, can lead to a meaningful career serving newcomers and vulnerable populations via the Bridge to Employment in Services for Immigrant Populations (BESIP) Program.
Bridge to Employment in Services for Immigrant Populations (BESIP) Program
The BESIP Program – funded by the Government of Ontario – provides internationally educated professionals (IEPs) with entry to various positions in human/social/community services. By the end of this six-month program, participants will have a career advancement plan to progressive positions in their field of interest. The Bridge to Employment in Services for Immigrant Populations Program also includes the opportunity for a work placement.
Mahwish, a newcomer to Canada, is one of the active participants in the BESIP program at the Mennonite New Life Centre. Her decision to pursue this career path stems from the transferable skills she brings from Pakistan and the UAE. Mahwish’s background in customer service and trade marketing empowers her to excel in working with people. However, above all else, her primary motivation lies in supporting others who face challenges like those she has encountered. “I want to help newcomers overcome challenges and succeed in Canada,” she says.
Wondering how this program will help you make your immigration experience your career advantage?
- You will develop a deeper understanding of the issues faced by newcomers and immigrant clients.
- You will receive career support and be connected with employers and professional networks.
- You will learn to transfer your skills to a new career and identify employment prospects.
- You will have the opportunity to gain real work experience in the fields of human/social/community services.
- You will be able to participate in your community by working in your field of choice.
Next cohort of the BESIP program – September 2023
If you’re an internationally educated professional with a related background and interested in working with immigrants and/or vulnerable populations, attend an information session to learn about the eligibility requirements, program components, details of the next cohort, and how you can apply for the Bridge to Employment in Services for Immigrant Populations Program.
Watch this video below to learn how Naghmeh Janani, an alumna of the BESIP Program, and other professionals in the immigrant-serving sector transitioned into their careers and the kinds of opportunities available for you in this sector.
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