FREE Webinar: Building on Knowledge – Initiatives to Support Internationally Trained Workers – The Foreign Credential Recognition and Active Career Advancement Pilot Projects

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST
Presenters: Dr. Louise Legault, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) & Diana Delgado Figueroa, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

The Foreign Credential Recognition Pilot Project is designed to help Internationally Trained Workers (ITWs) gain recognition for their foreign credentials. Starting in 2012, nine immigrant service and support agencies received funding from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to develop, implement and deliver a loan program to help ITWs gain recognition for credentials earned abroad. SRDC’s services were retained by ESDC to design and implement a research framework for the Pilot Project.

Dr. Louise Legault will provide an overview of findings three years into the project with a focus on on lessons learned and best practices.

Diana Delgado will present an overview of Active Career Advancement Project (ACAP), S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’ national pilot project funded by the Government of Canada.

ACAP aims to: (1) support immigrants in gaining alternative employment that is commensurate with their knowledge, skills and experiences and (2) support and assist employers to hire, develop, and retain immigrants. ACAP works towards a participatory model to address the growing service gap in the labour market and develop a model of active career support for underutilized immigrants. Program intake will begin early 2015.

Are you BC CCDP certified? Participation in this webinar can be claimed for Continuing Education Credits for recertification.

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Dr. Louise Legault has been conducting applied social research with SRDC since 2006, where she has been responsible for both the research and operational elements of the design, implementation, and evaluation of small- and large-scale pilot projects. Louise has led or collaborated on numerous policy-relevant evaluation and research projects in the areas of education (from pre-kindergarten to post-secondary), Francophone linguistic minorities, resilience, youth crime prevention, and immigration. Relevant to this webinar, Louise is currently managing the evaluation of the Foreign Credential Recognition Pilot Project. She is skilled in experimental and quasi-experimental research methodologies as well as quantitative statistical methods of analysis. Over the course of her career, she has designed numerous measurement tools and designed various data collection methodologies for projects at SRDC and in her work prior to SRDC, where she was involved in evaluation and research projects. Louise has a total of 20 years of experience related to evaluation, research, and consultation services.

Diana Delgado Figueroa has a passion for working with immigrants and marginalized individuals to achieve their full potential; she has a strong background in Business and people management gained from experience in both private and non-profit sectors. Diana joined S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Services division in 2008 and since then she has successfully participated and led several innovative employment programs geared to support youth, women, immigrants, older adults, professionals and Aboriginals. Diana is now the Senior Project Manager of the nationally funded Active Career Advancement: Pathways to Possibilities.