THE Surrey Board of Trade is calling for Employer Champions in construction, health care, manufacturing and technology in a unique strategy to connect industry to immigrants as part of a human capital and labour tactic. In the first phase of this network employers in each industry sector will dialogue with immigrants.

“This is an ongoing initiative as part of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Workforce Development Strategy for Surrey’s business community,” said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade. “There is another strategy identified just for refugees as well.”

Employer Champions will be asked to consider and dialogue with immigrants in a focused and organized setting at the Surrey Board of Trade to examine:

  1. Sector opportunities / challenges
  2. Employer resources
  3. For immigrants, what solutions are they looking for?
  4. Industry best practices
  5. Industry skill needs
  6. Essential skills: reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking, digital technology

If you or someone that you know can be an Employer Champion in the above-mentioned industries, let the Surrey Board of Trade know. The first sessions take place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Surrey Board of Trade:

  1. Construction – March 17
  2. Manufacturing – March 22
  3. Health Care – March 24
  4. Technology – March 29

Composition: 10 immigrants – 10 employers

Timing: Registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Session from 8 to 10 a.m.

Location: Surrey Board of Trade Conference Room (#101, 14439-104th Avenue)

Facilitator: Surrey Board of Trade

No charge to participate.

Funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and in partnership with the City of Surrey, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, Immigrant Employment Council of BC.