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New on-the-job training program targets newly arrived immigrants

A new employment program aims to train newly arrived immigrants to Montreal and get them hired in their fields of study.

The program, launched by the city of Montreal and the provincial government as a pilot project, works with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and four large corporations to help integrate immigrants into the workforce.

The program will allow the companies to hire 12 to 15 employees each, giving them training and then paid work for between 30 and 52 weeks. The government will subsidize their salaries while they are on the job.

The companies involved — Desjardins, Hydro-Québec, Intact Insurance and engineering giant SNC-Lavalin — will partner the new hires with mentors within the organization. The firms have agreed to hire 20 per cent of the trainees they take on at the end of the program. They have also agreed to help find work for another 30 per cent of the participants.

The Quebec government’s contribution to the program amounts to $1.5 million, according to a statement by the city of Montreal.

Eligible participants must have been in Canada for less than five years and have a degree and experience in their chosen fields. However, candidates with previous work experience either in Canada or the U.S. are not eligible. Foreign exchange students are also not eligible.

“Helping 35,000 newly arrived permanent residents that come to Montreal each year integrate into the workforce is a challenge we must take on,” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said in a statement, adding that the pilot project aims to link employers, employees and training schools, and the city “thanks to the proactive contribution of the Quebec government.”

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http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/new-on-the-job-training-program-targets-newly-arrived-immigrants