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View NACC’s LIVE press conference with the Hon. Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., federal Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism (press conference begins at 11:00am ET, Friday February 7, 2014).

 

RELEASE - February 7, 2014

Minister Jason Kenney Announces Funding for NACC’s Alternative Career Pathways Initiative

(Toronto) – At a joint press conference today with the Hon. Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., federal Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, Serge Buy, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC), launched a new initiative to help internationally-trained individuals who are having challenges working in their chosen field in Canada.  At the event Minister Kenney announced that the Government of Canada will be providing financial support for the project.

The Government of Canada funding will allow NACC to deliver the Alternative Career Pathways initiative, which helps match internationally-trained individuals who are facing challenges working in their field with training programs at career colleges so they can make use of their existing skills and training in related and meaningful careers.

“Today’s funding announcement marks the first step in an exciting project that we hope will allow thousands of newcomers to get the training they need to enter the Canadian workforce,” said Mr. Buy. “We are looking forward to using career colleges’ proven ability to provide competitive, cost-effective, and timely programs to help newcomers find alternative careers that build on their skills, experience, and interests.”

The Alternative Career Pathways initiative will be delivered by Regional Coordinators in Vancouver (British Columbia), Edmonton (Prairie Provinces), Toronto (Ontario), and Montreal (Québec & Atlantic Provinces), and will be supported by staff at NACC’s national office in Ottawa.

“We are committed to helping highly-skilled newcomers find jobs related to their fields,” added Mr. Buy. “We look forward to providing pathways to high-quality education and speedy employment for people who want to use their skills and training to work.  We want newcomers to be able to use their skills as soon as possible in Canada and work to their full potential.”

The National Association of Career Colleges acknowledges and thanks Minister Kenney and the Government of Canada for their support toward the success of the Alternative Career Pathways initiative.  This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.

About NACC

Established in 1896, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is the oldest post-secondary association in Canada, representing almost 500 career colleges across the country.  All NACC members meet the highest standards, ensuring the best possible education for their students.

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For media enquiries, contact:

Serge Buy, Chief Executive Officer

By email: sbuy@nacc.ca

By phone: 613-800-0340

For all other enquiries, contact:          

Karine Hopper

Project Manager, Alternative Career Pathways

By email: khopper@nacc.ca

By phone: 1-866-981-6863

 

Backgrounder – Alternative Career Pathways

February 7, 2014

Alternative Careers

Alternative careers are career options other than the occupation in which the individual was originally trained, but that ideally use the person’s existing skills and experience.  These alternative careers, in many cases, involve working in occupations that are not regulated.

In most regulated occupations, internationally-trained individuals have to go through several steps to meet a province’s licensing requirements.  The cost of licensing exams, training, and skills upgrading can be costly in both time and money, and many internationally-trained individuals face the prospect of starting their career or education again if their qualifications do not meet the requirements of their occupation in Canada.

For some newcomers, alternative careers are sought to support themselves while pursuing licensure in a occupation that is regulated in Canada. For others who are unable to achieve licensure or who are unable to find employment in their field once qualified, the alternative career may be a stepping stone to other careers, or become the end goal of the individual. In all cases, alternative careers improve the labour market integration prospects of new immigrants by providing opportunities to apply their skills and experience in a Canadian context.

Alternative Career Pathways Initiative

The Alternative Career Pathways initiative will help match internationally-trained individuals who are facing challenges working in their field with training programs at career colleges so they can make use of their existing skills and training in related and meaningful careers.  The Alternative Career Pathways initiative will provide information and establish relationships with career colleges, employers, and immigrant-serving organizations, all aimed at helping newcomers to Canada.

Information on alternate career options offered through career colleges can help internationally-trained individuals make better informed decisions concerning their career options, skills updating, education and planning.

This project will build upon the proven abilities of career colleges to provide high-quality, cost-effective, and timely skills training programs that meet the needs of the labour market.

The Alternative Career Pathways initiative will be delivered by Regional Coordinators in Vancouver (British Columbia), Edmonton (Prairie Provinces), Toronto (Ontario), and Montreal (Québec & Atlantic Provinces), and will be supported by staff at the NACC national office in Ottawa.

The Alternative Career Pathways initiative is being funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.

Career Colleges

Since the 1800’s, career colleges have been a key part of the Canadian educational landscape, providing students with the skills needed to access the workforce and providing employers with skilled employees.

Career colleges are uniquely positioned to offer excellent services and are able to adapt quickly to labour market changes, altering existing programs and creating new ones to fit areas facing labour market shortages, and offering programs that train and prepare students for a meaningful career in their chosen fields.  A C.D. Howe Report on education stated that the ability of career colleges to respond rapidly to demands for training enhances labour market flexibility.

It is not only the quality of instruction that appeals to students but also the smaller class sizes, flexible schedules, and compressed length of study. Private career colleges efficiently provide their students with the necessary skills to fill industry voids; the majority of programs are accelerated and take less than one year to complete, minimizing time students are absent from the workforce.

National Association of Career Colleges

Established in 1896, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is the oldest post-secondary association in Canada, representing almost 500 career colleges across the country.  All NACC members meet the highest standards, ensuring the best possible education for their students.

NACC members must be registered with the appropriate provincial government department.  All registered career colleges are required to abide by strict provincial regulations to ensure quality education standards.  Provincial requirements include regular reporting, compliance with operating regulations, program reviews, and study compensation funds.  In addition, the provincial ministries governing career colleges recognize certain accrediting agencies that have established standards to improve the quality of education in private career colleges.

NACC is dedicated to ensuring that our members adhere to all regulations in order to protect students.

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Backgrounder – Foreign Credential Recognition

February 7, 2014

NACC encourages provincial governments to continue making progress toward better processes and harmonization of requirements for the recognition of foreign credentials.  Newcomers to Canada, and individuals with international training and credentials, still face significant barriers to credential recognition.

Different Standards Across Provinces

  • Each province maintains a different number of regulated occupations and recognized trades, and licenses or certification are required to work in these fields.
  • Differences in requirements for licensure and certification still exist between provinces.
  • These differences make it difficult for newcomers to work in their fields in Canada.
  • In most regulated occupations, internationally-trained newcomers must go through several steps to meet a province’s licensing requirements.
  • The cost of licensing exams, training, and skills upgrading can be both lengthy and costly.
  • Many internationally-trained newcomers face the prospect of starting their career or education again if their qualifications do not meet their province’s requirements.

Training for Alternative Careers

  • Alternative careers are career options that make use of a newcomer’s skills and experience that are closely related to the occupation in which they were originally trained.
  • For some newcomers, alternative careers are used to support themselves and their families while pursuing licensure in a regulated profession.
  • For others who are unable to achieve recognition or find employment in their field once qualified, an alternative career may be a stepping stone to other careers, or the end goal.
  • Regardless, alternative careers improve the labour market integration prospects of newcomers by providing opportunities to apply their skills and experience in a Canadian context, to learn new skills, and to gain further experience.

Career Colleges can Assist Newcomers

  • Career colleges can assist newcomers in training for alternative careers to make use of their existing skills and training to enter the workforce.
  • Career colleges have a proven ability to provide high-quality, cost-effective, and short-duration skills training programs that meet the needs of students and employers.
  • Career colleges are uniquely positioned to adapt quickly to labour market changes by altering existing programs and creating new ones to fit employer and labour market needs.

 

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.

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