Webinar: Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Pathways to Refugee Employment

April 04, 2019

Immigrant Futures presents:
Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Pathways to Refugee Employment

This is the second in a 3-part webinar series that bring to life a new report from Hire Immigrants, Investing in Refugee Talent: Lessons Learned in Labour Market Integration.

Employment plays a pivotal role in the integration and inclusion of refugees to a new community. Yet, the newly arrived face myriad challenges when accessing the labour market, from language barriers and cultural differences to training needs and skills recognition. Employment agencies are typically at the forefront of helping refugees navigate these obstacles and access the employment opportunities that will support their integration and inclusion.

Learn about innovative tools developed to ease refugee pathways to employment and support the invaluable work of employment counsellors and settlement workers.

  • From Germany, Dr Martin Noack, Senior Expert, Program Learning for Life” at the Bertelsmann Stiftung will share the “Careers via Competences” project.
  • From Toronto, Ian Hartlen, Project Manager at Magnet, will present the new ALiGN initiative that utilizes a unique data-matching technology to create fit-based matches between job seekers to in-demand occupations.
  • Moderated by Devon Franklin, Project Manager, Hire Immigrants.






Dr. Martin Noack, Senior Expert, Program Learning for Life, Bertelsmann Stiftung
As a Senior Expert, Martin is responsible for the project “Careers via Competences” in the program “Learning for Life” at Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany. The project aims at improving the chances of people with low levels of formal qualification to participate in further education and qualified work. To this end, the project develops, tests and promotes concepts and tools of competence assessment, development and recognition.

Ian Hartlen, Project Manager, Magnet
As a Project Manager, Ian is responsible for the ALiGN initiative that utilizes the unique data-matching technology that powers the Magnet platform. ALiGN takes an innovative approach to labour market integration by leveraging an online psychographic assessment to create fit-based matches between job seekers to in-demand occupations. By providing this innovative tool to employment counsellors, Ian is helping to build bridges between industry demand and eager newcomer job-seekers. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ian is leading the roll-out of this innovative employment model across three provinces: Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

Devon Franklin, Project Manager, Magnet Export Business Portal | Hire Immigrants

As Project Manager of the Magnet Export Business Portal, Devon supports businesses to realize the benefits of tapping into foreign markets, and to build the capacity of Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs. Devon Franklin also leads Hire Immigrants, an online platform for employers to find and share good practices on immigrant employment and a network hub for increased awareness of the valuable skills and talent immigrants bring to local and global businesses. By focusing on the role of employers and drivers of business performance, Hire Immigrants helps identify outdated HR practices in hiring and empowers employers to fully leverage immigrant talent in their workforce. Devon holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University.


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