Mississauga, Ontario - (March 14, 2012) - Over 500 job seekers congregated at the Living Arts Centre last Thursday for Mississauga Board of Trade's 2nd annual job fair. The job fair was part of MBOT's ITS's in Mississauga program, an employer focused program geared at assisting Mississauga businesses with the employment integration of foreign trained professionals. Through an employer awareness campaign, the program is designed to increase awareness amongst employers on the benefits of hiring foreign trade professionals and the resources, tools and services available to support the hiring, integration, training and retention of skilled immigrants
40 employers from different sectors lined the atrium of the Living Arts Centre, ranging from large companies such as Ingram Micro, UPS, Canada Post and RBC Insurance to local Mississauga SME's like Nurse Next Door and Power Saving Systems Inc. Local community partners such as University of Toronto Mississauga, ACCES Employment and Career Edge Organization were also present, providing employment advice and highlighting their many programs and services to help individuals become gainfully employed.
The event proved to be a success for both employers and job seekers, as many employers were able to meet with candidates that suited the positions they were hiring for. Sherry-Anne Bedminster from RBC Royal Bank was able to arrange many interviews with qualified candidates, while other employers had the opportunity to meet hundreds of job seekers to face. Employers were impressed with the quality of the candidates and were enthused to conduct further interviews.
MBOT will highlight the hiring success stories that result from the job fair on the ITS in Mississauga website in the coming months. For success stories and more information on the ITS in Mississauga: www.itsinmississauga.ca.
ITS in Mississauga is funded in part by Global Experience @ Work, an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, with support and funding from the Government of Ontario. Global Experience @ Work (GE@W) is designed to better integrate foreign trained professionals into the labour force by connecting workers and potential employers. Through GE@W, the OCC provides grants to 20 community projects led by local chambers of commerce and boards of trade throughout the province.
As the voice of business since 1976, Mississauga Board of Trade is a private-sector, not-for-profit business organization representing approximately 1,500 businesses, employing 65,000 people in Mississauga. MBOT is well positioned to meet the needs of business by using its considerable influence at all levels of government. As the forum for business, MBOT works together to influence public policy and promote a better understanding of the marketplace among policy makers, media and the general public.
President & CEO
Mississauga Board of Trade
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