Check out the other educational videos in this series.
Helping you find a career in Agriculture Video http://youtu.be/85bzNTsy6iE
Local Services for Immigrants Video http://youtu.be/A21aO2BhU1A
High Ranking Employment Skills Video http://youtu.be/123fW3QK2G4
Journey to Employment - Daniel Gutierrez Video http://youtu.be/p6U2eaKvlaI
Journey to Employment - Lord Abbey Video http://youtu.be/e55QTDTMSfw
Journey to Employment- Jorge Acevedo Video http://youtu.be/pcKAeq8lmsw
This is one of a series of educational videos produced by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA) to help internationally educated immigrants find careers in agriculture, agri-food and agri-science in Ontario. Supported by the Ontario Government, the "Bridging to Employment" project can help you to compete in the job search market.
Many newcomers don't realize the challenges they are going to face when they arrive in Canada. Possibly their language level is lower than they expected it to be. Often in countries where English is spoken as a second language many people feel that their language skills are quite high. But English is spoken very differently around the world and many people make that realization when they first arrive in Canada.
How can I find out if my English is good enough?
You can have your English language skills assessed in a language assessment centre in the province of Ontario and in other areas throughout Canada so that you know what level your language is. These assessment centres use the Canadian language benchmarks to measure your English language proficiency. It is a standard that is used across Canada.
Why do I need good English communication skills?
Knowing English is important if you want to work in a professional environment in Canada because you're going to be expected to perform in that environment. It's really important for you to understand your boss, your co-workers and your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. It's also important that you are understood when you speak and write to others in English for safety reasons and for your own satisfaction in your work.
What can I expect at an English language assessment?
If you come to a language assessment centre you can expect a very supportive environment. It's warm, it's welcoming and it's friendly. You're going to be asked for your immigration documents so that we can see if you are eligible for a language assessment. And then you can book an appointment, or if the assessor is available you can have your language assessed right then and there. It's not a test; we are just getting your level of English so that you can go on and get whatever level of training that you're interested in. When you have a language assessment you will have a speaking and listening interview with the assessor and you go on and do some reading and some writing. It takes anywhere from one hour to three hours and you're just going to spend some time showing us what you can do in English.
What happens after the assessment is completed?
After your assessment you will receive a report and you will get information about your language and how you did. And then we can talk about programs that are available in your community. Sometimes it can be non-credit ESL classes; sometimes in can be referrals into college and university bridging programs or other bridging programs.
The Ontario Institute of Agrologists can help you find a career in agriculture, agri-food and agri-science sectors.
If you have a background in agriculture the language assessment centre and settlement agency like to refer you to the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. At the OIA you're going to get profession specific language training, mentorship, and membership in a professional association. All of these things are a real advantage to internationally trained professionals in agriculture because it's a bridge into your profession. You're very lucky to have it because many professions do not have such support for internationally trained professionals.