In an attempt to better understand the perspectives of the primary stakeholders, ERIEC commissioned a series of stakeholder workshops in 2009 with representatives from business, immigrant service providers and skilled immigrants. The stakeholders provided feedback on future organizational plans for the immediate and longer term future and the types of supports for enhancing the employment experiences of skilled immigrants.
Mentorship was seen as a valuable opportunity for both skilled immigrants and for employers. Whether expanding their network, gaining real world advice or honing specific skills through possible job shadowing, mentorship was seen as an effective strategy and ‘best practice’ to address workplace experience barriers. It was also seen as a platform to encourage a culture of coaching and training for Edmonton employers.
The Career Mentorship Program is a collaborative effort between the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC), immigrant service providers and corporate partners that brings together professional newcomers (mentees) and established Canadian-born professionals (mentors) in occupation-specific mentoring.