What is it?
The Career Bridging Program (CBP) consists of four weeks of classroom training, followed by eight weeks of volunteer work placements.
You will need to be able to commit to attending this program full-time for its duration.
When is it?
There are four intakes of CBP per year. This year classes will take place;
- September 2020
- November 2020
- February 2021
- April 2021
Classes take place Monday-Friday from 9:00 am- 1:30 pm and run for four weeks.
This program was developed to aid newcomers with professional backgrounds in their transition into the Canadian workforce. When entering the workforce in a new country newcomers must learn a new workplace culture and set of employment laws, bridging programs are here to help prepare students for this transition. The in-class portion of this program covers the Canadian application process, financial literacy, Canadian workplace culture and Canadian employment standards. The class includes a computer skills/business certificate component as well.
In-class training consists of:
Week 1: the online application process, resumes, cover letters, aptitude testing, reference checks, Canadian workplace culture and the norms to expect in Canadian workplace environments.
Week 2: workers’ rights and responsibilities set out by the Ministry of Employment Standards, the SK Human Rights Code, health and safety in the workplace as well as employee manuals.
Week 3: financial literacy including deductions to expect on paychecks, taxes in Canada, student loans and more Canadian workplace culture.
Week 4: networking and interview skills, small talk, more Canadian workplace culture and soft skills
Individual learning plans to identify career goals and any added training needed
Workplace experience placements (work-terms)
Skills training and targeted academic training
Workplace safety and culture (in-class)
Speakers and presentations on various employment-related topics
Computer training and online certificate component(s)
Volunteer Work Terms Overview
This program matches students with eight-week work placements in their field. The volunteer work terms are specifically matched to each student’s background and skill-set. Students will work closely with the employment liaison to find a work-term, which will be completed following the class.
- Accessible to all newcomers to Canada (focusing on, but not limited to, newcomers within the past 5 years), ages 18 and over, who experience barriers to employment
- English language requirement CLB 3-7
- Must be a Permanent Resident, have a valid work permit, or a new Canadian Citizen
- Legally authorized to work in Saskatchewan
At Regina Open Door Society we offer an educational, professional training program for newcomers to Canada. This program is sponsored through the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training.
Through this program, we partner with local employers who accept a volunteer with international professional experience for an unpaid work term at their site.
-Local Crown Corporation
Open to learning and takes feedback. Exceptional written communication. Learned new applications quickly. Very focused surpassing goals.
-Local Financial Institution
Wonderful and competent/Quick learner. His banking background was very helpful. Proficient with MS Office suite.
Very positive attitude. Asked questions, searched for the information. Came on time. Excellent productivity.
Hafsa completed her first project within the first week, for the same project coop students take 2 months. Spend time and on weekends learning new applications. Became more confident. David is helping her network, write resumes, and practice the software suites that most software developer firms require.
Feby is always willing to jump right in and offers support and help when needed. Feby asks questions and gives feedback. She is very supportive and is very gentle and loving with the children. Feby has great knowledge of child development and assists the children at the developmentally appropriate level. Feby thrives in the Montessori environment! Feby conducts herself in a professional manner while she is working and communicating with all staff and all children.
- The Montessori School of Regina
Some of the employers CBP has partnered with include:
- Globe Theatre
- Conexus Art Centre
- Conexus Credit Union
- Merchant Law
- Montessori School of Regina
- Huda School
- Saskatchewan Health Authority
- Diabetes Association
- Adaptive Media
- Public Service Commission
- Royal Canadian Legion
- The Home Expert Team
We always welcome new partnerships!