What’s New

Updated  July 24, 2017:


Langara has updated its Introduction to Engineering Program

Introduction to Engineering in BC (IEBC) is a battery of comprehensive courses designed to familiarize local engineering students, engineering graduates and internationally trained professionals to become acquainted with the engineering sector in BC. Are you looking to build on the skills and education already acquired outside Canada? Are you unable to achieve employment at a professional level? These broad, relevant selections of courses are in the best interest to prepare domestic and internationally trained professionals with industry specific skills to gain employment in an engineering environment, as well as, promote strong awareness of Canadian workplace culture.  The program’s course lineup can be seen here:  Langara IEBC

For more information, please contact Yasmin Virji, CS Program Coordinator, Tel: 604.323.5981 and email: yvirji@langara.ca.

Yasmin Virji M.A., CDP, CPP
Program Coordinator, Business Programs
Continuing Studies, Langara College
601 W. Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Z 4C2
604-218-1783/604-323-5981
Langara.

100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 2Z6


PICS 10th Annual Mega Job Fair and Business Expo

Mega Job Fair & Business Expo 2017:  Thursday August 3, 10am – 4pm at the North Surrey Recreation Centre
As the iconic event hosted by PICS Society ever since 2005, it has repeatedly seen over 100 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees each year. By drawing from an array of industries and businesses, the Mega Job Fair seeks to exonerate businesses from the stress and pressures associated with job searching, recruiting, and networking. Everything you need—all under one roof.

The 10th annual installation of the Mega Job Fair collaborates with the Business Expo 2017 (formerly known as the BC Small Business Expo) for the fourth time. After a highly successful launch in 2014, the Business Expo strives to leave an even bigger impact on the market. The expo offers a unique opportunity to showcase one’s products, to network with a diverse group of businesses, and to gain valuable exposure. Thanks to the great success of the merger last year, we have decided to renew and ameliorate this enormous event even further!

ASTTBC will be an exhibitor at this event.


Surrey LIP (Local Immigration Partnership) Employer Consultation Report

ASTTBC has been a contributing member of the Surrey LIP since 2014.  One of the many initiatives of the LIP is the Surrey Industry Dialog study, comprising Employers, Immigrants and Sector Support Staff.  The four sectors involved were Construction, Health Care, Manufacturing and Technology, and the discussion sessions were hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade.  Here is a link to the Surrey Industry Dialogs Overview:  LIP-SectorDialogues

One of the ‘hot topics’ which arose during the discussions was the need for Canadian Experience, these being typical:

“I am an architect in my country but got 
local certification in basic drafting here… 
got a call for an interview for a drafter job… 
did not get a job because I did not have 
local experience. It has to change.”

Myth of Canadian experience:
There is a need for a clearer definition of “Canadian experience,” as…
“coding is the same from Timbuktu to Taiwan.”

This overview includes a number of important observations and viewpoints, and is well worth your time to read through.  ASTTBC congratulates both the Surrey LIP and the Surrey Board of Trade for the time and effort expended in support of Immigrants, and especially ITP immigrants.  ASTTBC is committed to continued support of the LIP, as a long-time Surrey resident (our offices are in Surrey!) and to continually ensure that our policies and procedures for certification and registration, for Foreign Credential Recognition and for ITP outreach are appropriate and forward-thinking while fully observing our own regulatory responsibilities:  we believe we are part of the solution, not part of the problem.


VCC announces Samsung Tech Institute – Appliance Repair Technician – Professional Pathway

Vancouver Community College is home to the Samsung Tech Institute, the only Samsung-certified appliance repair trainer in Western Canada.  The Samsung Tech Institute provides a new and exclusive framework of knowledge that will directly impact the careers of graduates. Learn through practical training on the latest appliances to operate, diagnose, and service Samsung products.  Successful students receive a certification from Samsung Canada and an Award of Achievement from VCC.  This program is for those already in the Appliance Repair industry or recent graduates of an Appliance Servicing program.

To apply, please complete the program application and submit it to VCC Samsung.


 English as an Additional Language (ESL or EAL)

Check the website:  https://www.healthandsafetybc.ca/programs/eal/

Register online:

Click here for Vancouver

Click here for Richmond

 

These courses are FREE! ($50 Deposit will be refunded at graduation*)

The goal of this 12-week program is to educate participants about workplace health and safety using an ESL curriculum model.

Participants will have an opportunity to improve their language skills while learning about workers’ rights in health and safety topics such as workplace violence, preventing back injuries, workplace chemicals (WHMIS) and identification of hazards.

In this unique program participants commit to attend a weekly, four-hour day session for 12 weeks. There is no charge to participants.

Participants in these sessions will be able to use this knowledge and information to increase their awareness of health and safety and to become involved in the health and safety committees at their workplaces.

*Participants must attend at least 50% of classes to be eligible for the registration refund.



 


 

Labour Market Information for Technologists, Technicians, Engineers and Geoscientists:

The Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table has released a landmark study, LMI for BC:

Labour Market Information (LMI) provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on employment needs over a five and 10-year forecast period and focuses on essential occupations in the Asia Pacific Gateway. Reports are available covering regional, sector and industry outlooks, and occupational snapshots, with each containing detailed supply and demand information, highlights and data tables.

Homepage:  http://www.lmionline.ca/

LMI for the Engineering Sector in BC:  http://www.lmionline.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Technologists-Technicians-OG-EGTT.pdf


 

Completed events:

 

The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia presents:

SPEATBC 22nd Anniversary Grouse Grind
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 8am onward

6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9
Note:
Meeting Place at the Entrance

SPEATBC is inviting everyone to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the Society at Grouse Grind. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to network with other professionals in our community in a fun and casual environment.  ASTTBC and APEGBC are Gold Sponsors of this event.  Hope to see you there!

 

News from SPEAT:


SPEATBC SCHOLARSHIPS 

SPEATBC will be awarding five scholarships for students in a technical Engineering related field of study. The scholarships will be for a value of $1000 each. One scholarship will be awarded to each of the following:

  • ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP – a high school student (grade 12) or recent graduate (within 2 years) planning on pursuing post-secondary studies upon graduation in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • POST SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP – a post-secondary student enrolled in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • WOMAN IN ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP – a woman student enrolled in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • NEW IMMIGRANT SCHOLARSHIP – a new immigrant (max. of 2 years since arrival in Canada) pursuing post-secondary studies in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • *NEW* – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP – an international student studying in Canada with a valid Student Visa enrolled in or pursuing an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC

For more information, contact President via email: speatbc@gmail.com.

Scholarships application deadline: Friday, 6th January, 2017 via email at application.speatbc@gmail.com

Scholarships awarded at Annual Dinner: Saturday, 28th January, 2017.  Find the flyer for this event here

Direct Link: http://speatbc.org/services/scholarship/

 SITE-BC Seminar

Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Public Library (Downtown Main Library)Room: Level 3, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 6B1 Admission Fee: SITE BC members: Free; Non-members: $5.00

Seminar Agenda: (Registration starts at 10:00 am)
10:30 am – 10:40 am – Welcome and Introduction to Seminar

10:40 am – 11:00 am – Introduction programs at ASTTBC
Jacqueline de Raadt – Manager, Executive Initiatives

ASTT BC
11:00 am – 11:45 am – Roadmap to Building & Advancing a Successful Career in Canada for

the Foreign Trained Engineers: the top 5 things to consider Ms. Doina Dobre, P.Eng, GSC – Freelance Senior Cost Estimator

11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Coffee Break and Networking

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm 1:45 pm

– Exploring Career and Job Resources at Vancouver Public Library

Ms. Alexis Greenwood, Program Manager
Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre of Vancouver Public Library

– Q & A (Panel of all Speakers including Ms. Caroline Westra of APEG BC) – Adjournment

Find the full event flyer here:    SITE BC Seminar Flyer (07Jan17)

 SITE-BC and ASTTBC recently signed an MOA, further formalizing the partnership between our associations.  Presidents Fernando Borja, P.Eng. and Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL, signed the agreement at ASTTBC’s TARC event lst November:


 

Society of Punjabi Engineers of British Columbia

Completed:

SPEATBC Career Skills Seminar and Networking event
Saturday, 1st October, 2016 from 1 – 4pm
Auditorium Room# 1270 – Kwantlen Polytechnic University
20901 Langley Bypass, Langley

Monday Nov 16, 1000h, Canadian Immigrant Career, Education and Settlement Fair, VPL

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The third annual Vancouver Career, Education and Settlement Fair is coming back to the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia St.) on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, offering a unique and exciting environment for immigrants who are looking for information and inspiration as they look for jobs, go back to school, and settle into their new home

ASTTBC among award recipients from IEC-BC

ASTTBC was honoured to have been selected as a recipient of one of its awards for Champions of Skilled Immigrant Employment at a ceremony held in Vancouver on Thursday April 09.

Details of the awards can be seen here,

and the write-up specifically for ASTTBC is here.

The full list of recipients is here.

Accepting the award for ASTTBC was ASTTBC’s Registrar, Dr. Charles Joyner, PhD, AScT.  Dr. Joyner was accompanied by ASTTBC’s ‘star mentor’ Edzel Escala, AScT, and ITP Liaison Manager, Geoff Sale, AScT.

Geoff Edzel Charles            IEC-BC Leadership Awards Group Shot

Above:  Geoff, Ed, Charles                                           Above:  all the winners.

Note that good friend of ASTTBC, Ed Nichol, P.Eng., AScT, accepted the award for the Philippino Construction Association.

 

New Program at Langara College:  Introduction to Engineering in BC

January 2015, Langara College, Continuing Studies is offering ten courses for internationally trained engineers, technicians, and engineering technologists. Courses are designed to prepare internationally trained professionals with industry specific skills to gain employment in an engineering environment and to promote strong awareness of Canadian workplace culture.

Here’s the link to the IEBC website.

 

Especially for employers, from IEC-BC:

A series of five ‘tip sheets’ designed to attract immigrant talent and be ready for the expected surge of employment opportunities, especially in Northern BC.

Here’s the link: Mind the Gap

And from IEC-BC:  the Connector Program:

The Connector Program is a simple, but effective, referral process that helps immigrants build a professional network and connect with job opportunities.

Qualified immigrants (connectees) are paired with local professionals (connectors) based on shared industry experience and professional backgrounds

Check it out here

Here’s how the Connector program works:

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