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Tuesday, June 7 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Competency Assessment/Gap Training: Facilitating Access to Skilled Trades in BC for Pre-Arrival Immigrants (10:45 - 11:30) (Area 3B) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Open Session Limited to 50 Participants (First-Come, First-In). This session takes place in a large ballroom environment, with one other session happening concurrently at the opposite end of the room. (Area 3B)

The Facilitating Access to Skilled Trades in BC pilot project is a collaborative partnership between the Immigrant Employment Council of BC and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

The goal is to provide an innovative and on-line approach to pre-arrival credential evaluation, competency-based assessment, gap/bridging training, workplace culture and essential skills training, e-mentoring and job matching support for qualified immigrants to Canada in three areas:

  1. Automotive Service Technician, 
  2. Carpenter and 
  3. Power Engineer 
This session will provide an overview of the project, the development and implementation of the competency framework approach, and demonstrate educational technologies used in the project to achieve the deliverables. 

Lawrence Parisotto, Director, Education Projects, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Sangeeta Subramanian, Senior Manager, Workplace Development, Immigrant Employment Council of BC 
Sanja Boscovic, Chief Instructor, Power Engineering Group, British Columbia Institute of Technology 


Sanja Boscovic

Chief Instructor, Power Engineering Group, BCIT, BCIT
Sanja Boskovic is Chief Instructor and teaches Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer courses in the full-time Power and Process Engineering program. Sanja also teaches the virtual Thermodynamics and Applied Mechanics classroom for BCIT’s Power Engineering innovative distance... Read More →
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Lawrence Parisotto

Senior Project Manager, FAST BC Project, BCIT
Lawrence is currently on secondment to the British Columbia Institute of Technology for the FAST BC project. BCcampus collaborates with and offers consultation services to post-secondary institutions and stakeholders in B.C. to develop innovative solutions to institutional and systemic... Read More →

Sangeeta Subramanian

Senior Manager, Workplace Development, IEC-BC
Sangeeta is the Senior Manager, Workplace Development at IEC-BC and brings to her role 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector in Canada as well as Asia. This encompasses strategic planning, facilitation, cultural intelligence training, policy development... Read More →

Tuesday June 7, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Grand Villa 3 Ballroom (Second Floor)