Starbucks Youth Networking Series
ACCES Employment has launched a new event series, sponsored by Starbucks Foundation to help support Newcomer and Refugee Youth. The series is designed to provide youth with expert advice on networking and building their connections to find employment and launch their careers. The events focus on helping newcomers with their networking skills including: how to make a meaningful introduction, engaging in conversation, being aware of body language, and how to effectively follow-up with employers.
Entrepreneurship Connections Program Expansion: A Big Success
ACCES Employment’s Entrepreneurship Connections program has recently expanded to reach newcomer entrepreneurs in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Eight newcomer entrepreneurs graduated from the program in January 2018 and are now planning to launch their own business in Canada. The graduation event was an exciting day, featuring business pitches, a panel of industry experts whom provided feedback and advice, and a Speed Mentoring® event that gave participants a fantastic networking opportunity with local business mentors. Speakers for the day included: Allison Pond, President & CEO, ACCES Employment; Kari Cheyne, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, MAGMA; and Marie Christine Gingras, Business Centre Manager, BDC, Moncton.
Engineering Connections Alumni Success Story: Mario, Project Coordinator
Mario came to Canada in June 2017 with high hopes and the expectation that he would find employment in his field relatively quickly. Mario is an internationally-trained engineering professional with over 5 years of experience in Civil and Construction Engineering and Project Management.
During his first few weeks in the country, he felt overwhelmed trying to understand labour market requirements, job search techniques and how to connect with industry professionals in order to follow his desired career path.
START Customer Care Success Story: Kim, Administrative Assistant, START Alumni
Kim came to Canada from Grenada leaving her young son and family behind. Once she arrived in Canada, she struggled to make ends meet. With only a high school education and no formal work experience, Kim was unable to find a reliable job with a consistent income to support herself. Kim soon found herself living in a shelter with her new baby. During this time, she fought depression and faced what felt like insurmountable barriers to finding employment.