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A program that works

Yanira Parra, Account Manager, RBC

The Corporate Readiness Training Program benefits internationally trained professionals and the companies that offer them valuable experience in a Canadian workplace.

Just ask Nathan Higgins. Nathan is Vice-President of the Prairie Subdivision of Hatch Mott MacDonald, a global firm with 800 Canadian employees. Their Calgary office specializes in engineering for airports, rail transportation, and highways. When they needed the services of an electrical technician to design circuits for Calgary’s Light Rail Transit system, they turned to the Corporate Readiness Training Program at Bow Valley College.

“We were looking for a technical person with an electrical background who would fit well with our existing team. The College did a great job of identifying our needs, pre-screened all the applicants, and shortlisted five people for us to interview for the no-obligation six-week placement. All were excellent candidates.”

“We chose Viktor Listvan for the placement. Qualified as an electrical engineer in Lithuania, Viktor clearly had the potential to offer our firm a great deal once he learned our business. It was like he had always been a member of our team. From day one his personality and experience allowed him to step right in and contribute to our firm.”

Viktor is now a permanent employee. “I work with five or six people on circuit design, and am able to use lots of my Lithuanian training. Together we also do lots of social activities, which lets me practice my English.”

Viktor is on the train signalling team for now, but Higgins sees a day when he may move into the highly specialized field of airport runway lighting. Meanwhile, the company is supporting Viktor’s efforts to receive professional accreditation as an engineer in Canada.

It turned out to be a great experience for Viktor and Hatch Mott MacDonald.  Higgins says the company would gladly host another participant from the Corporate Readiness Training Program. “This is great way for a company to find key staff and try them out without cost or obligation. And with Bow Valley College right in our back yard, you couldn’t ask for better support.”

Directions for Immigrants

Bow Valley College also offers a service, Directions for Immigrants, that supports Internationally Trained Professionals work towards securing employment in their profession and gain accreditation. Directions offers a Resource Center, located in the West Campus of BVC, with a variety of career tools and resources to assist clients with job search and the accreditation process.

The resources include:

  • Labour market information
  • Job search materials
  • Training, education and language program information
  • Employer expectation and salary information
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Study groups for engineers, nurses and doctors.

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Gord Kopp, Host Employer, Manager of Operations Support & Projects

"Bow Valley College and AltaGas Ltd. have a relationship by providing CRTP practicum students with real life, day-to day working environments within our organization. The program enables students to apply classroom education and previous workplace…

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