Welding Assessment Program for newcomers
Partnership between Action for Healthy Communities and the CLAC welding shop/CLAC Training
A pilot partnership between Action for Healthy Communities and the CLAC welding shop/CLAC Training in Edmonton is exploring formal assessment and employment coaching for experienced welders who have immigrated to Canada. The goal for 2021is to work with four internationally experienced welders experiencing barriers to employment in the Edmonton area.
The program includes three phases:
- Phase 1 - Recruit: Candidate eligibility and profile of the “ideal” candidate has been co-created by CLAC Welding and AHC. AHC is promoting the program and screening applicants. CLAC welding and AHC are developing an Introduction to Welding jobs in Alberta/Canada virtual presentation/webinar. The presentation will clarify the assessment process, training requirements, and types of jobs and working conditions.
- Phase 2 – Assess: The CLAC Welding/Training Team is assessing welders with international experience and communicating next steps and possible pathways to employment, including any required training and certification.
- Phase 3 – Connect: AHC is working with the client following the guidance of the CLAC team to help them make decisions about training and providing support to identify, obtain and maintain employment in their field.
This pilot project will be considered complete when four individuals have been through the process. The expectation is that this will be completed in 2021, but funding will be extended until the pilot is completed.