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September 21, 2006
City of Toronto’s mentorship program concludes third successful year
  
Participants in the City of Toronto’s Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program were recognized and honoured today at City Hall at ceremonies concluding the program’s third and most successful year.

“Profession to Profession matches City staff with skilled immigrants in similar professions who have international experience and credentials and are looking for employment in their fields here in Toronto. By providing job search advice and support, City staff volunteering as mentors have helped to ease newcomers’ transition into the Canadian job market,” said Mayor David Miller, who spoke to the participants.

Noted City Manager Shirley Hoy, “When Profession to Profession started in 2004, 29 staff volunteered as mentors for foreign trained professionals. In 2006, 77 City staff volunteered. These relationships have contributed to the success of many skilled internationally-trained professionals in securing employment in their field in Toronto.

“The response to the mentoring program by City staff, contributing to the community beyond their formal job duties, demonstrates the service, stewardship and commitment of the Toronto Public Service in action,” added Hoy.

The City of Toronto has developed its mentoring program with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Mentoring Partnership and the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally Trained Professionals, its community partners. Workplaces interested in starting their own mentorship program should contact The Mentoring Partnership at http://www.thementoringpartnership.com or 416-944-2627 ext. 269.

See fact sheet below.

Media contacts:

Jacob Wolpin
HR Consultant
Staffing
Workforce Transition
Equity & Human Rights
Human Resources Division
City of Toronto
416-397-0823

Rose Lee
Co-ordinator
Diversity Management and Community Engagement
Strategic & Corporate Policy Division
City of Toronto
416-392-4991

Lillian Manea
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
The Mentoring Partnership
416-944-2627 ext. 239

Fact Sheet

Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program

Background
  • Established in 2004 as a pilot project
  • Community partners: Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally Trained Professionals (CASIP) and The Mentoring Partnership, an initiative of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
  • The Profession to Profession program matches professional City staff with skilled immigrants in similar professions who have international experience and credentials, and who are looking for employment in their field
  • Mentors provide job search advice and support to help ease the transition of newcomers into the Canadian labour market


How it works
  • The mentoring relationship lasts four to six months. Mentors and mentees meet at the mentor’s office during working hours. Mentors provide job search advice and guidance including resume writing, networking, licensing and skills required in the Canadian job market. Program elements include:
    • Orientation for all participants
    • Networking session for mentors to share best practices
    • Coaches available to all participants for the duration of their relationship
    • Workshop outlining how to apply for employment at the City of Toronto, the hiring process, skills required for jobs in various City occupational groups, tips on resume writing and interviewing


2006 program:
  • Ten occupational groups – accounting/finance, engineering, facility management, public health, human resources, information & technology, purchasing, social work/policy, urban planning, communications and event planning
  • 77 City staff mentors were matched with skilled immigrants (an increase of 93 per cent over 2005)
  • Of the 77 mentors, 17 are in accounting/finance, 16 are IT specialists, 11 are engineers, eight are HR professionals, one is a purchasing specialist, 16 are social workers/social policy experts, two are urban planners, two work in communications, three are in facility management, and one is with Public Health


2005 program:
  • Professional groups represented in 2005 program: engineering, accounting, information technology, human resources, facility and real estate management, and purchasing
  • Forty City staff mentors were matched with skilled immigrants
  • As of April 2006, 66 per cent of the mentees had found employment, exceeding the objective of 60 per cent
  • Fifty-five per cent of the mentees found employment directly related to their field of expertise


Pilot program 2004:
  • 29 staff participants from the fields of engineering, accounting and information technology
  • More than 70 per cent of the mentees found employment in their field by the end of the four-month pilot project
  • 91 per cent of mentees rated the experience as positive
  • 90 per cent of mentors said they would participate in it again
  • Silver award presented at the Public Sector Quality Fair, a province-wide showcase of service excellence in government, health care and education


Additional resources:

Information about the City of Toronto’s diversity initiatives http://www.toronto.ca/diversity
TRIEC/The Mentoring Partnership – http://www.thementoringpartnership.com




 

 

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