Langara College, Continuing Studies Now Offers Alternative Ways for Internationally Trained Professionals to Enter the Labor Market

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Langara College, Continuing Studies together with ASTTBC and other industry specific stakeholders now offers alternative ways for internationally trained professionals to enter the labor market. More information is available at http://www.langara.bc.ca/.

Langara College - Vancouver, B.C.

Langara College - Vancouver, B.C.

Canada is facing a short supply of engineers with more than 10 years of specialized experience.

Langara College, Continuing Studies together with ASTTBC and other industry specific stakeholders has recently put together a battery of broad and relevant comprehensive courses designed to familiarize new and recent immigrants to become acquainted with the engineering sector in BC.

Langara College, Continuing Studies felt that internationally trained engineering professionals did not have access to industry specific training in order to face the skills shortage in BC.

“A study recently released by Engineers Canada on the engineering labor market in Canada shows that Canada is facing a short supply of engineers with more than 10 years of specialized experience. The report projects 95,000 professional engineers will retire by 2020. Canada will face a skills shortage because the workforce cannot be replaced fast enough by incoming Canadian or experienced internationally trained graduates.”

This resulted in collaboration with the engineering sector to develop the Introduction to Engineering in BC (IEBC) program. Dan Zollman P.Eng indicates, “We believe Langara has correctly identified the skills we would be looking for in candidates. Helping ensure they are job‐ready will increase the likelihood that we will find a good match to our needs. Over the past few years, we may have passed over potentially good hires simply because they lacked the fluency in the Canadian context that would be necessary for them to connect their experience with our needs. We see the IEBC program as win‐win for both candidates and employers.”

Since the launch of this program, internationally trained professionals have indicated their interest substantially. In addition, the engineering sector has demonstrated a keen support of the program as skills enhancement tool for their foreign hires.

This program is offered with industry accomplished professionals based out of Vancouver, BC.

To learn more about the Introduction to Engineering in BC program, contact 604-218-1783 or visit http://www.langara.bc.ca/.

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