Engineering Matching and Placement program

Please Note: This information was forwaded to us by email. The in-take session referred to in this post takes place in Vancouver. If you are interested in this please use the email address listed at the end of this post to ask for more information.

Come and learn about this exciting opportunity!

E-MAP (Engineering Matching and Placement program http://www.cme-mec.ca/bc/emap) sponsored by Canadian Association of Manufacturers and Exporters

SITE BC (The Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of BC http://www.sitebc.ca)

are offering an In-Take session for you!

If you:

· Are an Internationally Trained Engineer

· Want to work as an Engineer or Technologist or other roles in the manufacturing fields,

Please come to the In-Take Session on May 5, 2008 (Monday) at 6 pm with the following:

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Teaching the teachers

chalk.jpgTeaching in BC is one of those regulated professions that requires membership in a governing body. In this case the BC College of Teachers is responsible for reviewing applications from foreign-trained teachers.

This article examines the issues and describes a Simon Fraser University professional qualification program which helps immigrant teachers to make the transition to BC classrooms. 

Is a foreign credential a barrier to employment ?

Sadly for some employers it appears to be. An article in the Montreal Gazette touches on this issue.

The foreign credential issue, to be sure, is one part of the problem. Employers have trouble assigning value to a degree obtained from a foreign academic program with which they are not familiar.

Forty-four per cent of companies in a Conference Board of Canada survey said this was a potential barrier in their hiring practices.

Employers have a difficulty in assigning value to a foreign credential because often they may not have the time or ability to do the required research. Immigrants may miss out on opportunities simply because the employer does not understand that in many cases a foreign diploma is equivalent to a Canadian one.
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To help our clients with this issue Career Solutions use a service that specializes in the evaluation of a foreign credentials. If required, we have diplomas and transcripts translated and then send them to the International Credential Evaluation Service to be evaluated.

A foreign credential is not a barrier to employment but it can be seen as one. Having credentials evaluated is an important step in finding suitable employment.

Personal Stories

As we’ve examined earlier in this blog, foreign-trained engineers have an involved and lengthy process to go through in Canada in order to receive their professional designation. The Potential to Prosperity website provides 17 video profiles of engineers who went through the process. There are videos for Civil, Electrical, Environmental and other engineers from many different countries. Watching these stories can help foreign-trained immigrants to better understand and prepare for the process of getting their credentials recognized.

All About APEGBC

Those of our clients who are engineers are well acquainted with the complex process of registering with APEGBC. As this article explains APEG is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving the credentials of foreign-trained engineers and upholding professional standards. Having to balance these two factors results in a sometime frustrating delay as qualified professionals navigate the accreditation process.

These kind of involved application procedures are best viewed as a process rather than an event. A series of small and larger steps are required to complete this application. Focusing on the next step rather than the process as a whole may be a better approach. Many other foreign-trained professionals have gone through the APEG process and are now successfully working in their fields.

The article ends with some helpful advice:

Sayedain offers some advice to future internationally trained applicants. “I think people can become demotivated quickly,” says Sayedain. “The key is to talk to someone who has been on this path, and determine what objectively to expect.”

Knocking down walls

This article from today’s edition of the Vancouver Sun examines how companies can help skilled immigrants navigate their way through the credential recognition process. Our clients who are Accountants may find the story particularly relevant.