Seeding New Ground: “Mentoring to Placement” for Environmental Professionals

The Mentoring to Placement for Environmental Professional (M2P) program is the latest Good Idea that we are watching.   M2P is a bridge training program for Canadian newcomers who are internationally trained environment professionals.

The program is being led by the Toronto Regional Conservationa Authority (TRCA) and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

“Mentoring provides the participant with access to professional networks, helps improve their communication skills, provides them with labor market information and helps them make more informed choices about employment” saysTRCA’s Marisa Iorfida -Sdao, senior project manager, volunteerism and diveristy.

The program includes three components: a mentoring placement that pairs newcomers with professionals in their field for up to six months; technical and soft skills workshops specific to their profession and a three to 12 month paid work placement with a host organisation.

Since both mentoring and Good Ideas are a two way relationship, M2P also helps host organisations promote more inclusive work environments and attract talent that can give them a competitive edge in a diverse and global economy, Iorfida-Sdao notes, “Newcomers can help Canadian companies effectively compete in a global economy. (This program) also helps them fill labor gaps.”

CoM will be following the results of this promising program but to find out more or submit an application see: M2P APPLICATIONS.