Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
August 29, 2019

New Initiatives to Help Foreign-Trained Professionals Work in their Fields in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced funding for four new initiatives to help foreign-trained professionals, including newcomers to the province, get their credentials recognized and work locally in their fields.

These initiatives were chosen following a fourth call for Expressions of Interest under the federal-provincial Foreign Qualification Recognition Agreement. The agreement is supported by $800,000 in federal funding.

The four initiatives approved are:

  • Approximately $49,000 for College of the North Atlantic to develop a 10-week Foreign Occupational Readiness Training Program for internationally-trained Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. This training will focus on job search and employability skills;
  • $49,000 for the Association for New Canadians to expand its Workplace Communications and Integration Training Program. This phase will include the development of an employer-focused unit as well as a series of employer testimonial videos;
  • Approximately $42,000 for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to develop an international teacher application process and assessment procedures, as well as an international institution database. These measures will reduce application barriers to certification as well as assessment wait times; and,
  • Approximately $36,000 for Chartered Professional Accountants Newfoundland and Labrador to develop an outline of the internal processes involved in obtaining designation for internationally-trained professionals. Once collected, this useful information will ensure international applicants know everything required to attain designation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Enhancing foreign qualification recognition delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation by enabling foreign-trained professionals to more fully participate in the social, cultural, and economic growth of the province.

“It benefits all of us when we take the time to assess the skills and training of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who studied abroad, including newcomers. By recognizing their credentials, we enable them to pursue employment in their field of choice right here at home. Our government recognizes the value of post-secondary education and this is one of the many steps we are taking to ensure our province is a supportive and satisfying place for highly-skilled professionals to live and work.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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2019 08 29                              1:30 p.m.