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Conference Supports Unemployed Newcomers

on February 20, 2018
Bridging the Gap Event Poster

Guelph’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in January, suggesting that local employers may have trouble filling open positions within their companies. This does not mean, however, that everyone who wants to work will find it easy to find a job. With unemployment rates for post-secondary educated newcomers higher than those of Canadian-born workers, participants of the upcoming Bridging the Gap conference will learn how to capitalize on their international training and experience to help them get career-related employment.

On March 1, Lutherwood will hold its annual Bridging the Gap Conference at the Italian Canadian Club of Guelph. This free event will help newcomers to Canada find professional employment in their occupational field. Participants will learn about strategies to build a career, hear from other newcomers who have achieved career success, and connect with local employers that are hiring.

“We are working with many newcomers who have very good international training and experience, but are finding it difficult to get work in Canada because of a lack of Canadian work experience,” said Carlos Martins, Lutherwood Employment Consultant. “They settle for survival jobs to help pay the bills, and yet they have so much more to offer our community. Bridging the Gap is a good first step that will offer tips and contacts that can help newcomers get career-related work.”

Of particular interest will be a panel of four professionals who will discuss how a lack of Canadian work experience can be a barrier for newcomers, and will share their ideas and experiences in overcoming this challenge.

For more information about hiring organizations, available positions and to register for this free event, visit The Bridging the Gap Conference is funded by the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Lutherwood is a not-for-profit health and social service organization that supports youth with mental health issues, people at risk of being homeless, workers looking for employment and families in need of counselling. Its services are accessed by more than 14,000 people annually in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. For more information visit:
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