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The Reverend Vincent Murnaghan Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer Opportunity: Employment Support for Migrant Workers

Local residents to be matched with migrant workers in PEI for employment support

Posted: Wednesday 29th June 2016 14:16

We’re seeking local volunteers who have a good sense of the kind of writing employers want to see, and are generally familiar with the PEI Job Market. Each Volunteer would be paired with an individual to help correct errors and awkward language on resumes and cover letters. Since PEI’s job market is all about who you know, there is also the possibility of helping to connect these workers to local employers who would be in a position to hire them full time as a Temporary Foreign Worker through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process.


Context:

         

Role of Volunteers

For the past six years Cooper Institute has done research, public education, and community engagement on issues surrounding Temporary Foreign Workers in PEI. Over the past two or three years our staff have built relationships with a number of Filipino migrant workers – they are mostly women, mostly under 40. They speak English and generally all have post secondary educations, and have lived in PEI for anywhere from 6 months to 4 years.

 

We’re seeking local volunteers who have a good sense of the kind of writing employers want to see, and are generally familiar with the PEI Job Market. Each Volunteer would be paired with an individual to help correct errors and awkward language on resumes and cover letters. Since PEI’s job market is all about who you know, there is also the possibility of helping to connect these workers to local employers who would be in a position to hire them full time as a Temporary Foreign Worker through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process.

 

The dream of these workers is to get permanent residency status. This would allow them to settle permanently in PEI and to bring their spouse and kid(s), if they have them. They would be eligible for this through the “critical worker stream” of the Provincial Nominee Program, but since their jobs are in a seasonal industry, they're not able to access permanent immigration. What they need is a full time job – any full time job - to be eligible. (Though due to federal rules, they're currently excluded from working full time in restaurants, stores, and hotels.)

These workers already have impressive resumes with, good education, diverse work history, and they speak English well. Nonetheless, cultural and linguistic support in creating effective job applications (resumes and cover letters) could make a real difference. 

How to register as a volunteer:

If you would be interested in being a volunteer match with a migrant worker in PEI, please Contact Us with the following information:

  • A copy of your Resume or CV to guide the matching process

  • Previous experiences (if any) with migrant workers, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, or navigating Canada’s Immigration system

  • Your level of interest in communicating with your match:

    1.  Email contact only

    2. Interested in an orientation session and in-person meeting with your match in July

    3. Ability to travel (or carpool) to another part of the province for an orientation session/meeting 

  • Whether you have a gender preference for your match: woman/man/other/any gender

  • Past volunteer experiences (if any)

  • Any organizational or business affiliation (past or present) with Immigration Consulting businesses, agencies that provide recruiting services for employers, or other for-profit initiatives directed at newcomers to Canada


Volunteers will be vetted by Cooper Institute to determine suitability.