Canadian Federal Internship programme begins to show results

Published:  30 Apr at 6 PM
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Canada’s Federal Internship for Newcomers Programme (FIN) was praised recently by immigration minister Jason Kenney for its success in helping new arrivals to integrate.

Kenney highlighted the programme’s success at an Ottawa university’s graduation ceremony, saying that since its launch over 200 newcomers to the country have benefitted by obtaining work experience and community integration support. This year, he added, another 70 graduates of the scheme will have a better shot at making a go of their new life.

According to Kenney, FIN gives the chance for migrants to succeed in the country’s labour market by means of work experience and monitoring. Over 70 per cent of participants have found jobs in their chosen professions as a result of the programme.

The scheme works by giving interns 90 days’ work experience as casual employees, with the term extended if necessary for another 90 days. Employment sectors which qualify for the programme include administration, finance, policy, science, project management, engineering and computer science.

Interns work with mentors for the duration, and the number of positions available each year depends on the flow of suitable applicants as well as the number of companies able to take part. An important part of the experience is leaning to adjust to Canadian workplace culture, and orientation sessions and training as well as networking with public and private sector workers are all part of the programme.
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