TORONTO, June 12, 2020 – The Get Job Ready program will now be available to more new Canadians online than ever before thanks to a collaborative effort between the Institute of Canadian Citizenship (ICC) and IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation).
Get Job Ready is a free IDRF program dedicated to helping young and new Canadians overcome the barriers they face in getting academic support and gaining access to the labour market. Since 2017, the four-day program has taught thousands of Canadians between the ages of 18-29 how to navigate the job market and acquire essential employment skills. Get Job Ready was originally delivered in the classroom, but more recently became available online.
order to help more people take advantage of Get Job Ready, IDRF and the
Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) are collaborating to promote the
program to new Canadians. The ICC works to support newcomer and immigrant
communities, and has an established network of over 100,000 new Canadian
citizens across the country. With this extended reach, ICC will be able to make
sure this community can reach and benefit from IDRF’s Get Job Ready program.
are challenging and uncertain times for everyone, especially for newcomers in
search of a better life, who may be having a difficult time adjusting and integrating
into their communities and workforce,” said Mahmood Qasim, CEO of IDRF. “With
the support of ICC, we will be able to reach and help more young newcomers to
Canada to Get Job Ready.”
ICC works to create a world where people, policy and practices are inclusive by
default, and our programs in support of newcomers and new Canadians are a
critical part of that work,” said Yasmine Mohamed, a Director at the ICC. “We
know how important it is for those on their citizenship journey to have access
to inclusive tools and services, and so we’re pleased to support IDRF’s Get Job
Job Ready has been adapted to the current work and economic climate. For
example, it identifies the various types of jobs available in today’s market,
provides training on how to do effective video job interviews, stresses the
importance of learning new skills during a period of isolation, and encourages
relationship building with professionals in their chosen fields. Furthermore,
IDRF offers support for participants upon completion of the program, helping
them prepare for interviews by conducting practice sessions through video and
even using the voice notes features on What’s App and Instagram. In addition,
participants are given financial literacy training on how to invest and save
money once they find work.
Get Job Ready has a proven track record — more than 55% of participants have
found jobs, and 68% report they have been called for two or more job
The Get Job Ready initiative is supported through the RBC Future Launch program, which for the past three years has been a major sponsor. RBC Future Launch is a 10-year, $500-million initiative to help young people gain access and opportunity to the skills, job experience and career networks needed for the future world of work.
About the Institute for Canadian
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passionate and committed national network, the Institute for Canadian
Citizenship (ICC) delivers programs and special projects that inspire
inclusion, create opportunities to connect, and encourage active citizenship. The
ICC is a national charity co-founded and co-chaired by The Right Honourable
Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul.
IDRF is a Canadian registered charitable
organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged people in Canada and around
the world. Founded in 1984, IDRF has an enviable reputation as one of Canada’s
best-run charities and has been recognized by third-party organizations such as
the Financial Post and MoneySense for its effectiveness, efficiency, and
results. IDRF has also been blessed with
outstanding leadership and governance, and has board directors who have been
publicly recognized with Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, and the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteerism. Find out more about IDRF’s programs for
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