Trades jobs for immigrants

Welcoming and integrating immigrants to the community means helping them find careers, and that's exactly what the South Okanagan-Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership will be focusing on this spring.

The organization will be placing an emphasis on skilled trade career options. 

"Many countries don't offer apprenticeship programs," said co-chair Doug Holmes. "We want to expose newcomers to the benefits of these thriving careers in trades and to the current demand employers are experiencing."

A partnership with South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services this April offered an "Introduction to Trades" workshop. Twenty immigrants learned from the Dean of Trades at Okanagan College, Steve Moore.

Also so far this spring was an industry tour, during which a group of immigrants visited building sites, manufacturing plants and training facilities.

All of this was meant to build momentum for the upcoming Connect 2018 forum, a full-day conference at Okanagan College June 9. There will be panel presentations from those in the industry, success stories from immigrants working in trades and breakout sessions with employers. 

"The forum will be both educational and entertaining," Local Immigration Partnership co-chair Petra Veintimilla said.

Immigrants can register for the event here.

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