Bridge training programs are for all immigrant newcomers (and not just refugees) who already have a combination of international post-secondary education and work experience, as well as a high level of English proficiency.
When and what to talk about, including: pre-arrival, within a sponsorship group; and with the newcomer soon after arrival; when formulating a plan; when preparation for a job search begins; and after a first hire.
This post provides links to other websites for articles on the need to evaluate newcomer education and work skills; service providers of credential evaluation for individuals with degrees from outside of Canada; an in-depth report on the challenges facing refugee newcomers, in terms of being able to provide education and training credentials; and a guide to finding a translator in Ontario.
An overview of the different types of training programs available to refugee newcomers in the GTA, some of which are specifically tailored for their circumstances and others of which are targeted to all newcomers, or to all Canadians. The include bridge training programs for internationally-trained professionals, apprenticeships for skilled trades, shorter training programs, and enhanced Language Training (ELT) with skills training.
A description of programs of Windmill Microlanding (formerly Immigrant Acess Fund – IAF), providing loans of up to $10,000 to cover licensing or training expenses for newcomer tradespeople, skilled workers and professionals. Eligibility requirements, permitted uses, and principal and interest terms are outlined for both refugee and non-refugee newcomers.
An outline of occupations for which private colleges in Ontario offer courses, which may be of interest to newcomers, despite their high cost, a link to possible government financial assistance (through a combination of grant and loan), and important advice to thoroughly research any such educational organizations of interest, due to past reports of unfavourable practices in numerous instances.