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March 03, 2014

Project connects nearly 800 skilled newcomers to jobs

shell report coverToday, we released the results of the Shell Immigrant Employment Project, created through a $1.8 million grant from the company in 2007. The project achieved its goal of enhancing meaningful employment for immigrants.

Nearly 800 skilled immigrants are working at meaningful jobs in Calgary, thanks to the six-year project between Shell Canada and United Way of Calgary and Area.

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A few facts on the project

797 job vacancies have been filled by internationally trained professionals, creating a more diverse workplace culture in hundreds of Calgary organizations.

Over 200 professionals from business, government, and the not-for-profit sector are now mentors for immigrants seeking employment.

Over 3,000 immigrants participated in a variety of training and information sessions to learn more about workplace culture in Calgary and the resources available to them.

5 innovative new programs have been created in collaboration with immigrant-serving agencies to help new Canadians plug into employment opportunities and flourish in our city.