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ACCES Employment and RBC Announce Partnership to Help New Canadians Settle in Faster

Finding employment tops priorities for newcomers to Canada

July 18, 2018: For newcomers arriving in Canada, finding employment is amongst their top priorities with 64% ranking it in the top five*. When starting a new life in a new country, newcomers generally worry about where they’re going to live, adjusting to a new life and settling in to all of the nuances that come with immigrating. Getting a head start is the key to success – to alleviate stress and start day one in control. To help newcomers adjust to their new life, ACCES Employment and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) today announce a partnership to assist newcomers find employment.  

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ACCES Employment’s 2018 World of Difference Campaign in Support of Newcomer and Refugee Youth

ACCES Employment hosted nearly 100 guests at our 2018 World of Difference fundraising event in support of newcomer and refugee youth.  This year’s fundraising campaign will aim to raise $100,000 to support newcomer and refugee programs, events and customized services at ACCES Employment. These much needed services will help newcomer youth to overcome the numerous barriers they face when looking for work in Canada. Newcomer youth arrive in Canada with diverse backgrounds, skills sets and needs. ACCES’s youth programs are designed to meet those diverse needs.

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Starbucks Youth Networking Series

ACCES Employment has launched a new event series, sponsored by Starbucks Foundation to help support Newcomer and Refugee Youth. The series is designed to provide youth with expert advice on networking and building their connections to find employment and launch their careers. The events focus on helping newcomers with their networking skills including: how to make a meaningful introduction, engaging in conversation, being aware of body language, and how to effectively follow-up with employers.

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Entrepreneurship Connections Program Expansion: A Big Success

ACCES Employment’s Entrepreneurship Connections program has recently expanded to reach newcomer entrepreneurs in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Eight newcomer entrepreneurs graduated from the program in January 2018 and are now planning to launch their own business in Canada. The graduation event was an exciting day, featuring business pitches, a panel of industry experts whom provided feedback and advice, and a Speed Mentoring® event that gave participants a fantastic networking opportunity with local business mentors. Speakers for the day included: Allison Pond, President & CEO, ACCES Employment; Kari Cheyne, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, MAGMA; and Marie Christine Gingras, Business Centre Manager, BDC, Moncton.

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Engineering Connections Alumni Success Story: Mario, Project Coordinator

Mario came to Canada in June 2017 with high hopes and the expectation that he would find employment in his field relatively quickly. Mario is an internationally-trained engineering professional with over 5 years of experience in Civil and Construction Engineering and Project Management.

During his first few weeks in the country, he felt overwhelmed trying to understand labour market requirements, job search techniques and how to connect with industry professionals in order to follow his desired career path.

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Recent Media Coverage:

(January 28, 2018) Underemployed immigrants a waste of potential

(December 5, 2017) Speed Mentoring Marathon – the fast track to mentorship

(November 10, 2017) Des francophones de Hamilton font l’expérience du Speed Mentoring

(November 3, 2017) Apprivoiser le marché du travail canadien une rencontre à la fois

(October 23, 2017) Supporting skilled newcomers’ transition into Canada’s workforce

(October 23, 2017) Government of Canada to announce employment support for newcomers

(October 22, 2017) Canadian Immigrant - On the job hunt: land your first job in Canada with these five tips

(June 20, 2017) BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment

(June 20, 2017) [Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment

(June 7, 2017) Newcomer Job Fair hosted by ACCES Employment with TRIEC

(May 30, 2017) Toronto Career, Education and Settlement Immigrant Fair

(May 23, 2017) ACCES Employment Deploys Vlocity to Digitize and Accelerate Immigrant Hiring

(May 9, 2017) Speed mentoring marathon in Toronto by ACCES Employment

(April 25, 2017) ACCES Employment’s World of Difference campaign raising money for newcomer youth

(Feburary 24, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Nathalie Zapata

(January 26, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Imane Sahir—Career Opportunities for a French-Speaking Newcomer in Canada

(January 4, 2017) How to Share Your Ideas in the Workplace

(October 6, 2016) Spotlight on Success: Hung Le—Showcasing Transferable Skills for Canadian Employment

(September 22, 2016) (French) Employment Opportunities for Francophone Job Seekers

(August 18, 2016) (Cantonese) ACCES Employment Services & Programs, OMNI TV

(August 7, 2016) Online Job Search Centre, Inside Toronto

(June 23, 2016) Premiers Highly Skilled Workforce – Final Report (Gov. of Ontario)

(May 18th, 2016) (Cantonese) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 18th, 2016) (Mandarin) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 17, 2016) Du Speed Mentoring® en français pour les nouveaux arrivants, L’Express

(May 16th, 2016) Speed Mentoring is Back, With New Virtual Speed Mentoring

(May 2, 2016) Business owners turn to Syrian refugees to fill job vacancies, Jason Tchir, The Globe and Mail

(March 21, 2016) Employment Summit aims to connect Syrian refugees to jobs, Dave Bennett, Newswire.ca

(March 11, 2016) February unemployment rate hit the highest in three years, OMNI Mandarin (ON)

(March 4, 2016) Canada’s best companies find strength in diversity Diane Jermyn, The Globe and Mail

(January 28, 2016) Accenture gives $1.4M grant to support ACCES Employment and help new Canadians secure jobs, Johnny Zhang, Canadian Immigrant

(June 2015) Newcomers have Places to Go for Support, Fannie Sunshine, Inside Toronto

(May 2015) ACCES' Speed Mentoring Marathon gives Newcomers Connections, Ali Amad, Canadian Immigrant Magazine

(January 2015) Give Smart: ACCES Employment, Katelyn Verstraten, Toronto Star

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