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Press Release – April 24th, 2014 – “GO GLOBAL: HIRE LOCAL”, In-TAC celebrates another year of success!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GO GLOBAL: HIRE LOCAL

THE INTERNATIONAL TALENT ACQUISITION CENTRE (In-TAC) CELEBRATES ANOTHER YEAR OF SUCCESS!

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(Ottawa, Ontario – April 24th, 2014)

On Friday, May 2nd, In-TAC will celebrate five years of bringing international talent to Canadian businesses with an Appreciation Gala held at the National Arts Centre. The gala will highlight the accomplishments of more than 200 graduates of its employment programs and its successful collaborations with employer partners and community stakeholders.

Thanks to In-TAC, over 250 internationally educated professionals who made Canada their new home, found work last year in their field of expertise. And 400 business partners in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver found the talent with the skills and proficiency they had been looking for – not to mention global opportunities. This year, In-TAC was honoured to receive Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s prestigious IQN Award for “Best Workplace Integration” program.

In-TAC encourages local businesses to go global by hiring internationally educated professionals based locally; hence the promotional tagline: Go Global: Hire Local

In-TAC is more than a job matching service for internationally trained professionals, it also offers complimentary cultural competency training to participating employers on how to recruit, integrate, and retain international talent into their work environments.

Eight individuals and businesses will be honoured at Friday evening’s event:  local employers, community collaborators, newcomers and individual citizens in Ottawa that have contributed to In-TAC and their newcomer client’s success, through their proactive hiring practices, excellent training and support, mentoring and commitment to learning.

This year’s event will be hosted by CBC anchor, Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld. MPP Yasir Naqvi and Mayor Jim Watson will be on hand to welcome over 70 local business leaders, IEP graduates and community stakeholders who have played an integral role in welcoming newcomer professionals to Ottawa’s labour market.

When:              Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Where:             National Arts Centre (53 Elgin Street, Ottawa)

Time:                6:00 – 6:30 Registration begins (Mezzanine)

6:30 – 9:00 Dinner & presentations (Panorama Room) (Dinner packages will be available for members of the media)

For more information, or to book an interview with one of our clients or business partners, contact:

Carmen G. Muñoz

National Program Manager

carmen.munoz@in-tac.ca

Office:    613 235-4875 ext. 155

Cell:        613-220-9444

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BACKGROUND

The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC), established in 1975, is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization committed to advancing the full social and economic integration and participation of newcomers, immigrants and refugees in Ottawa. In 2013, it served newcomers from over 60 countries.

In-TAC (the International Talent Acquisition Centre), the employer services division of the OCCSC, provides seamless integration services that bring together internationally trained professionals (IEPs) and employers through its programs:

> Navigating the Canadian Accounting Workplace and Navigating the Canadian IT Workplace are bridge-to-work programs for internationally educated ICT and Accounting professionals. They connect IEPs with local employers, in particular small and medium enterprises.

> MAPLE 2.0 – Mentorship in Action is a national program that provides 3-month internship opportunities for IEPs to gain Canadian work experience and cultural competency training for employers in order to facilitate the successful recruitment, integration and retention of internationally trained professionals in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.

> Job Search Workshop (JSW) is a labour market orientation and job readiness preparation program for internationally trained professionals.

> The In-TAC Business Centre is a social enterprise initiative that provides entrepreneurs and SMEs with accounting and taxation services and other business supports. If also offers IEPs internship opportunities during their career transition.

> In-TAC’s Mentorship Program develops career and cultural competencies, strategies for assessing IEP competencies and contributions, strategic research methodologies, confidence, trust and listening skills for mentors and mentees.

> Pre-Departure Services (Pilot), connects internationally trained talent to local employers before they depart from their home countries, and provides virtual HR support to local small and medium sized business.

Thanks to our employer partners and to our employment support services, 75% of our newcomer clients have found work placements commensurate with their own professional background and experience within a one-year period following their enrolment in our programs and projects.

A crucial component of our successful client placement track record is our growing and strengthening partnerships with employers. As a result of our employer outreach and engagement efforts, the total number of our partnering employers has passed 400. In addition to this quantitative increase in the number of employer partners, a growing number of our employer partners repeatedly consider our employment services as a staffing solution, further attesting to the success of our efforts.

In-TAC’s programs are partly funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information about our programs and our successes, please visit our website at www.in-tac.ca.

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