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Accenture Announces C$1.1 Million Grant to ACCES Employment in Ongoing Commitment to Help Canadian Job Seekers

TORONTO; Jan 9, 2020 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has made a cash and in-kind services grant of more than C$1.1 million to ACCES Employment, a Canadian non-profit that helps connect employers with thousands of qualified workers from diverse backgrounds each year.

ACCES will use the grant to develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot to improve services for job seekers, many of whom are newcomers to Canada. The digital solution will help skilled newcomers secure jobs that align with their training and experience. Although nearly 300,000 people immigrate to Canada every year, only about 24% of foreign-educated immigrants find work in their professions, according to Statistics Canada.

Using conversational AI, automation and machine learning, the bot will act as a virtual attendant, helping job seekers find the online resources they need, including articles, videos, skills assessments and e-learning modules. With approximately 75% of ACCES clients using self-serve and light-touch services, the bot will also free up time for ACCES employees to deliver other more customized services to job seekers online and in person. 

“At Accenture, we believe in the power of emerging technologies to create solutions that have a positive, lasting impact on people and communities,” said Janet Krstevski, a managing director who leads Accenture’s Talent & Organization practice in Canada. “We are excited about the impact this project will have and are committed to supporting ACCES Employment in its goal to help newcomers build successful careers in Canada.” 

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ACCES Employment Partners with HP LIFE for Online Learning Success

ACCES Employment recently partnered with HP Canada to provide our clients with an opportunity to utilize modules on their HP LIFE platform.

HP LIFE is a global online program providing business and IT skills training free-of-charge to people worldwide; it is a program of the HP Foundation. The courses are modular and interactive, and although they can be completed in a short period of time, they are full of information and practical exercises. The courses are available in 7 languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi and simplified Chinese).

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ACCES Wins Inaugural Mentoring Community Partner of the Year Award for Immigration Employment

Toronto, November 25, 2019

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ACCES Employment has been honoured as the Mentoring Community Partner of the Year. The award is being shared between ACCES Employment, JVS Toronto and Sheridan College and was presented by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). This is the first time the organization is recognizing its community partners in its Mentoring Partnership program. 

According to TRIEC’s Executive Director, Margaret Eaton, the award “recognizes performances in the following key areas: matches, employment outcomes and mentee satisfaction rates.” As such, ACCES has been TRIEC’s most successful partner in these critical areas and is always looking to improve employment outcomes for immigrants in the program. 

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ACCES brings together Top Canadian Companies for Refugee Hiring Event

Toronto, October 31, 2019­

This past week, ACCES Employment, in collaboration with the Refugee Roundtable, TENT Partnership for Refugees and Starbucks Canada, brought together top Canadian employers and several employment service providers to create a first-of-its-kind job fair to support refugee job seekers.

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ACCES Employment Markham Hosts Open House

ACCES Employment and RBC Meeting Place co-hosted an Open House for the Le Parc Building in Markham on Friday September 27th 2019 over lunch. The ACCES Employment and RBC team’s saw a great opportunity for collaboration with neighbours and businesses in the building. 

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Recent Media Coverage:

(February 25, 2019) Markham ACCES Employment Centre bolsters newcomers, immigrants seeking work

(February 22, 2019) ACCES Markham Location Supports Newcomers

(February 7, 2019) IKEA Canada Launches Refugee Employment Program Coast-to-Coast

(January 2, 2019) Clothing store Dress for Success helps women going back to work gain confidence

(December 30, 2018) Revue de l’année 2018 pour la francophonie torontoise

(October 24, 2018) TD propels 10 innovative solutions designed to prepare workers for an inclusive future

(September 10, 2018) ACCES Employment bridging programs see internationally trained professionals solve real-world problems for employers

(August 18, 2018) Des francophones valorisés au Marathon Speed Mentoring d’Acces Employment

(August 16, 2018) RBC and ACCES Prepare Immigrants for Employment and Financial Success in Canada

(June 10, 2018) Get dressed for the best – you!

(June 8, 2018) Des francophones valorisés au Marathon Speed Mentoring d'Acces Employment

(June 7, 2018) What happens at a Speed Mentoring event for new Canadians?

(February 21, 2018) Kingston Job Centre Hosts Speed Mentoring en Français

(February 9, 2018) Le Speed Mentoring en français: un bon moyen de trouver um emploi

(January 28, 2018) Underemployed immigrants a waste of potential

(December 5, 2017) Speed Mentoring Marathon – the fast track to mentorship

(November 10, 2017) Des francophones de Hamilton font l’expérience du Speed Mentoring

(November 3, 2017) Apprivoiser le marché du travail canadien une rencontre à la fois

(October 23, 2017) Supporting skilled newcomers’ transition into Canada’s workforce

(October 23, 2017) Government of Canada to announce employment support for newcomers

(October 22, 2017) Canadian Immigrant - On the job hunt: land your first job in Canada with these five tips

(June 20, 2017) BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment

(June 20, 2017) [Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment

(June 7, 2017) Newcomer Job Fair hosted by ACCES Employment with TRIEC

(May 30, 2017) Toronto Career, Education and Settlement Immigrant Fair

(May 23, 2017) ACCES Employment Deploys Vlocity to Digitize and Accelerate Immigrant Hiring

(May 9, 2017) Speed mentoring marathon in Toronto by ACCES Employment

(April 25, 2017) ACCES Employment’s World of Difference campaign raising money for newcomer youth

(February 24, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Nathalie Zapata

(January 26, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Imane Sahir—Career Opportunities for a French-Speaking Newcomer in Canada

(January 4, 2017) How to Share Your Ideas in the Workplace

(October 6, 2016) Spotlight on Success: Hung Le—Showcasing Transferable Skills for Canadian Employment

(September 22, 2016) (French) Employment Opportunities for Francophone Job Seekers

(August 18, 2016) (Cantonese) ACCES Employment Services & Programs, OMNI TV

(August 7, 2016) Online Job Search Centre, Inside Toronto

(June 23, 2016) Premiers Highly Skilled Workforce – Final Report (Gov. of Ontario)

(May 18th, 2016) (Cantonese) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 18th, 2016) (Mandarin) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 17, 2016) Du Speed Mentoring® en français pour les nouveaux arrivants, L’Express

(May 16th, 2016) Speed Mentoring is Back, With New Virtual Speed Mentoring

(May 2, 2016) Business owners turn to Syrian refugees to fill job vacancies, Jason Tchir, The Globe and Mail

(March 21, 2016) Employment Summit aims to connect Syrian refugees to jobs, Dave Bennett, Newswire.ca

(March 11, 2016) February unemployment rate hit the highest in three years, OMNI Mandarin (ON)

(March 4, 2016) Canada’s best companies find strength in diversity Diane Jermyn, The Globe and Mail

(January 28, 2016) Accenture gives $1.4M grant to support ACCES Employment and help new Canadians secure jobs, Johnny Zhang, Canadian Immigrant

(June 2015) Newcomers have Places to Go for Support, Fannie Sunshine, Inside Toronto

(May 2015) ACCES' Speed Mentoring Marathon gives Newcomers Connections, Ali Amad, Canadian Immigrant Magazine

(January 2015) Give Smart: ACCES Employment, Katelyn Verstraten, Toronto Star

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