Engineering Connections

Getting ahead in today’s competitive business environment requires having the right people in the right job. ACCES Employment specializes in providing employers with qualified professionals who bring valuable international skills and experience to Canadian businesses.

As new Canadians become a major source of talent within the Canadian labour market, many companies and organizations have begun to capitalize on the global experience, skills and talent that newcomers bring with them to the Canadian marketplace. At ACCES, we have created a series of sector specific bridging programs that provide new Canadians with the skills and information they require to obtain employment within their profession.

Our highly successful Engineering Connections Bridging Program is designed and delivered in close collaboration with key stakeholders – employers, professional associations and academic institutions (Ryerson University and Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning). The program components include workplace communication and culture, employment preparation and job search, and project management.

Program participants learn about the engineering labour market, employers’ expectations, effective job search strategies and the licensure process in Ontario. In addition, the various program components provide an overview of software for engineers, Canadian Engineering Codes and Standards, Health and Safety Codes, and workshops on project management, including preparation for the Project Management Professional certificate exam.

Paul Castro, one of many successful program graduates provides testament of the program effectiveness:

“My hope in coming to this program was to find a job within my field of expertise. I found that this was a great opportunity to learn about the Canadian engineering labour market, workplace culture and how to successfully enter into the job search competition.

What was most helpful about the program was the simulated interviews and information provided by employers and guest speakers. Also, the workshops helped me to improve my resume and cover letter. The interaction between the participants was also beneficial as we were able to learn from each others’ experience and gained a better understanding of how to successfully integrate into the Canadian labour market.”

Paul’s hiring manager speaks highly about his success in the workplace:

“Paul has demonstrated an exceptional ability to learn and to apply his existing knowledge as an Instrumentation and Control (I&C) engineer. We thought at first that language may be a barrier but this has not been the case. Paul’s ability to communicate effectively in English (particularly technical terms) is not a problem at all. He quickly grasped the design concepts of the equipment and systems and was able to contribute to the execution of our contracts shortly after arriving. Paul is keen to learn and is not afraid to ask questions as he becomes more familiar and confident with the technology of boilers for power and steam generation.”

During and after the program, participants have the opportunity to enhance their engineering network by connecting with employers through ACCES’ employer network and with program alumni. One of the key components of this program is the post-employment support that addresses employment specific needs related to language and sector specific communication development.

ACCES’ Engineering Connections program is funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to support internationally trained engineers to successfully integrate into employment commensurate with their skills and education, within the engineering sector.

To learn more about ACCES’ no cost programs and services, visit the ACCES Employment website.