Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
December 5, 2017

Provincial Government Announces Pilot Employment Programs for International Students

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced more than $392,000 in funding through the Labour Market Partnerships Program to support two pilot employment programs for international students and graduates.

The programs will be delivered by the Association for New Canadians and will help international students secure gainful employment and expand their professional networks, which will support their pathways to permanent residency and retention in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The two programs supporting international students and graduates will do the following:

  • The Student Internship Pilot Program will connect full-time international students at the province’s recognized post-secondary institutions with a small or medium-sized business for a 12-week internship in their field of study.
  • The My First Job in Newfoundland and Labrador Pilot Program will match international graduates from Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic with a small or medium-sized business for a 16-week placement in their field of study.

These pilot programs meet key commitments in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador, launched earlier this year, to provide internship opportunities for international students and introducing the My First Newfoundland and Labrador Job Pilot Program. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has committed to welcoming approximately 1,700 immigrants annually by 2022.

“International students and graduates who develop professional connections are more likely to stay here, enhancing the social vibrancy of our province and supporting economic growth. The Association for New Canadians will be a vital partner in the delivery of these programs, as it has a proven track record of helping newcomers settle into their new lives in this province. We encourage the business community to avail of this opportunity to build our community, and to employ these skilled and talented individuals.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minster of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

“AXIS Career Services, the employment division of the Association for New Canadians has been collaborating with government, post-secondary and employers throughout the province to successfully deliver an Internship Placement Program (IPP) for the immigrant community since 2009. We welcome this opportunity to support these leading-edge programs to help internationally trained workers integrate into the local labour market. Undoubtedly, international graduates and students have much to offer local employers, especially in terms of their education, work and life experiences, multilingualism, and global networks.”
Eileen Kelly-Freake
Director, Career Services, Association for New Canadians

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program -

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