Opportunities for Employers
The Employment Assistance Service (EAS) at IRSA supports both newcomers to Canada to establish a career path, and Island employers in finding the next best employee. Please review the following list of services that EAS provides to companies and organizations operating on Prince Edward Island. The Coordinator of EAS will be happy to discuss your human resource needs.
- Business Information and Recruitment Sessions
- Job Postings and Employee Screening
- Volunteer Career Matching Program
- Employment Bus Tours
Business Information and Recruitment Sessions
Employers planning for future recruitment needs, and interested in providing information to skilled immigrant job seekers regarding career opportunities, can contact Employment Assistance Service (EAS) to arrange a presentation to a group of newcomers.
If you are an employer, group of employers, or an industry sector doing ongoing recruiting, EAS can organize an information or recruitment session at our office, or at your location, for free. You may be interested in meeting with newcomer job seekers to inform them about your company, your hiring practices, the types of positions you recruit for, and the training required. Newcomers with relevant skills will then be made aware of your business and the ongoing opportunities and/or training they would need to fill future positions in your organization.
Employment Assistance Service will:
- Arrange your presentation for free and host it at IRSA's office at 49 Water Street or at your location
- Send out your presentation details to hundreds of immigrants able to work in Canada
- Register the newcomer clients attending your presentation
- Provide interpreters where necessary
If your industry would like to make an information or recruitment presentation, please contact the EAS Coordinator by email or phone.
Job Postings and Employee Screening
IRSA's employment staff take the time to understand each Island employer's unique staffing needs, to identify the best newcomer employee candidate to meet those needs, and to recommend wage subsidy programs if you and the employee qualify for them.
EAS Employment Specialists will:
- Undertake initial planning and consultation to better understand your human resource needs
- Pre-screen applicants to your specifications
- Post your job advertisements (electronic mailing list direct to clients) to solicit applications to meet your criteria from a broad range of newcomer individuals legally able to work in Canada, who are seeking employment
- Locate and provide information to you on available government wage subsidy programs
- Help arrange a volunteer work placement so a skilled immigrant can gain valuable Canadian work experience
- Support you, your workplace, and your newcomer employee with workplace cross-cultural training and personalized service, as requested
If your industry would like to share a job advertisement, or have IRSA Employment Specialists identify qualified newcomer candidates for you, please contact the EAS Coordinator by email or phone.
Volunteer Career Matching Program
Professional volunteers provide an invaluable service to newcomers to PEI. Different from the Professional Mentorship Program, this program may overlap occupational mentorship with English as an Additional Language tutor training. Mentors can provide informal advice, connections, moral support, and entry into professional networks that may allow a skilled immigrant to break into the job market at a level comparable with her or his training and education. This type of mentorship provides a valuable learning opportunity for both participants.
An established Islander who is working or has worked in a specific career, who undergoes standard volunteer screening and training, may mentor a newcomer or skilled worker in the same occupation.
A Volunteer in the Career Matching Program can assist an internationally-trained professional by:
- Providing insight into the professional terminology used locally in the industry in focus
- Helping a newcomer to gain confidence to pursue their goals
- Promoting professional connections in a newcomer's chosen industry on PEI
- Assisting a newcomer gain insight into the work culture in PEI
- Supporting a newcomer to feel connected with the community, and the industry on PEI
Established Islanders, or newcomers who have lived on PEI for some time and have industry experience, are encouraged to apply for this program by contacting the EAL Volunteer Tutor Program or the EAS Coordinator by email or phone.
Employment Bus Tours
Employment Specialists arrange bus tours on behalf of newcomer clients and Island employers from various industries interested in connecting with prospective newcomer employees.
Previous tours have been arranged to 3Points Aviation, Vector Aerospace, Vanco Farms, Trout River Industries, Action Aero, and Balderston's Farm.
- Assist Island employers to connect to the newcomer labour market
- Pre-screen newcomer participants so employers have better employment outcomes
- Connect newcomers with possible career opportunities in industries they may not have considered previous to the bus tour
- Organize a large number of newcomers with a range of experience, who are legally able to work in Canada and who are seeking employment, to visit a workplace seeking employees
Island businesses wanting to organize an Employment Bus Tour to their workplace should contact the EAS Coordinator by email or phone.