Workplace Integration of Newcomers
Workplace Integration of Newcomers (WIN), was an initiative of the Manitoba Sector Training Network, (MSTN) aimed to match labour needs in selected high-demand occupations with the documented skills of newcomers.
WIN was an industry-driven project championed by: Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Coordinating Committee (MAHRCC), Manitoba Food Processors Association (MFPA), Life Sciences Association of Manitoba (LSAM), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), and, Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM). Funding for WIN was provided by HRSDC.
Fifteen participating newcomers and eight employers experienced a range of benefits. Newcomers received assessments on technical and language skills, gap training. Employers received a complete competency profile of the skills requirements of the following occupations: Welders, CNC Set Up/Operators and Industrial Mechanics/Millwrights, and had access to employment-ready newcomers with demonstrated, documented competencies
The Newcomers Guide to the Canadian Workplace.
The Newcomer’s Guide to the Canadian Workplace was created as a resource for immigrants, English as an Additional Language (EAL) instructors, industry and employers. The goal of this guide is to help newcomers to Canada to be successful in the workplace. Technical skills are very important, but they are not the only important skills needed to succeed in the Canadian workplace.
On April 3, 2008 a Wine & Cheese Reception was hosted by the WIN project management team to celebrate the successful end of Phase 1. The event celebrated participants’ successes and recognized employers who made a difference in integrating newcomers into the workplace.
As a result of WIN, 15 newcomers are able to work in their field of expertise as Welders, CNC Set Up/Operator and Industrial Mechanics, supporting their families while not being forced to take on survival jobs in order to make ends meet. Eddie and the Options team has brought on board 10 companies representing three different industries to act as employer champions. Each company has reaped the benefits of acquiring a skilled newcomer equipped with a strong work ethic and contributing to overall workplace productivity and profitability. WIN’s success contributes to a sustainable and thriving labour market and community.
MPLAN Pearl Award
The MPLAN PEARL Award acknowledges the Pursuit of Excellence in the Assessment and Recognition of Learning. The award is given for Excellence in PLAR in Manitoba based on the following criteria:
- Commitment and promotion of PLAR
- Involvement in PLAR community
- Results achieved
- The developmental nature/value of the work
- Lasting benefits of the work, or potential for lasting benefits
- Impact on the learner, the broader community and systems
- Sharing of expertise, research, resources
- Influencing systems and/or government policy
The Workplace Integration of Newcomers Project was awarded a Pearl Award on May 30, 2008.