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Make Your Immigration Experience Your Career Advantage

Combined with your expertise in legal, health, government, educational or social services—it can lead to a meaningful career serving newcomers.

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The Program

BESIP provides internationally educated professionals (IEPs) with entry to high-demand jobs such as Settlement Counsellor, Employment Counsellor, Service Navigator, Program Coordinator. By the end of the program, participants will have a career advancement plan to progressive positions in their field of interest.

Program Goals

BESIP has three main objectives:

  1. Equip you with the knowledge required for working in service provider jobs in settlement, employment, community, and social services.
  2. Introduce solid career management strategies and options so you can quickly advance your career.
  3. Connect you to extensive professional networks and employers.

Program Location

Available anywhere in Ontario

Program Duration

6 Months

Program Start Date

October 2022

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Who Should Apply

International educated professionals (IEPs) who want to work in the social services sector

Eligibility Requirements

  • International post-secondary education
  • Two years’ work experience outside Canada
  • Language proficiency (CLB 7) or equivalent
  • Interest in working with immigrants
  • Good results in the admission assessment
  • Legal immigration status (Naturalized Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, and Refugee Claimant with Work Permit)
  • Residence: Ontario

“I can’t imagine a better atmosphere,” says Sadia Khan about her experience in working at the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto.


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Program Components

Knowledge and Skills Development
131-150 hours of training and one-on-one support in the following areas:

  • Foundations and Civic Literacy: an introduction to Canadian history, values, diversity, democratic processes and institutions.
  • Working with Individuals and Communities: Introduction to professional practices such as information and referral, system navigation, case management, service coordination, volunteerism, and volunteer management.
  • Effective Practices: Guided self-directed study of cutting edge online training modules, following an individualized learning plan aligned with the participant’s career goals.

Career Preparation
85-90 hours of training and one-on-one support in the following areas:

  • Workplace Culture and Communication: Skills for functioning effectively in multicultural environments.
  • Strategic Career Planning and Job Search: Facilitated and self-directed career planning and professional job search preparation and activities.

Workplace Connections

  • Guest speakers, mentoring, networking, and employer events
  • Capstone Course  (2+ weeks): Participants spend time at a workplace related to their career interest. Activities include job shadowing, completing information interviews, and practice assignments
  • Placement
  • Support with job search and optional workplace placements


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