November 12, 2019

Province Supports Newcomers In Overcoming Barriers To Employment

The Government of Saskatchewan is continuing its partnership with the Regina Open Door Society (RODS) to assist newcomers to the province in overcoming cultural and language barriers to employment.

The Employment Readiness program helps prepare newcomers reach employment readiness in order to find and maintain ongoing employment, as well as reach self-sufficiency in job search, career decision making, employment planning, labour market attachment and job management.  RODS and the Employment Readiness program will help up to 1,000 newcomers to the Regina area from June 2019 to May 2020.

“By helping newcomers become fully engaged in our economy, we can help fulfill their potential, and ours as a province,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Programs like Employment Readiness help newcomers successfully integrate into our communities, as well as ensure employers have access to people with the right skills at the right time.”

“Our goal is to help newcomers find employment through services that are designed with their needs in mind, and connect employers to a diverse workforce that reflects our growing community,” RODS Executive Director Darcy Dietrich said.  “Support from the provincial government is essential to helping us achieve that goal.”

The program provides essential employment services, including one-on-one career counselling, certification courses, credential assessments, workshops, job fairs, networking opportunities for newcomers, and a resource centre where walk-in clients can print, scan or type up employment-related documents.  Eligible clients are newcomers, 16 years of age or older, who have arrived in Saskatchewan in the last five years.

The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training has partnered with RODS to deliver settlement and employment programs to newcomers to the province over the past 20 years.  RODS has delivered the Employment Readiness program for the past nine years.