NORTH VANCOUVER – The provincial government is providing $76,916 for English language training on the North Shore to support newcomers who are looking for work.

The Province is teaming with MOSAIC and its partner, the North Shore Multicultural Society, to provide the training, which is intended to help immigrants overcome language barriers when seeking employment. Gaining these additional skills will increase their employability and allow them more opportunity to move to other jobs or access additional skills training in the future.

“MOSAIC is very pleased to be partnering with the Province and the North Shore Multicultural Society to offer Workplace English classes on the North Shore for the first time,” said Eyob Naizghi, Executive Director of MOSAIC. “Employers often tell us that candidates’ level of English is their biggest concern when they’re considering hiring immigrants. Workplace English will take away that concern and greatly improve the employability of participants.”

Training will prepare participants for employment in a high-demand industry, sector or occupation that is currently experiencing, or is expected to experience, an imminent labour or skills shortage over the next 12 months.

Overall funding of $2.6 million is being given province-wide to help approximately 1,200 newcomers to B.C. get the skills they need for the job market. Funding for Project Based Language Training is provided by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training through a partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).