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I moved to Canada in 2020, I had to take care of my son for two years. Because of Covid, it was hard to find a daycare. When I finally got a spot in the day care, I started looking for a job, but I didn’t know how or where to start without any Canadian experience. I had no idea about the interview process which is completely different from my home country.
A friend of mine who joined the program and got a work placement through ELT, advised me to join ELT. I decided to attend the program (Office Administration & Customer Relations) to learn how to apply for a job in Canada and to learn about the interview process.
I learned more than I expected about different topics, such as the Canadian workplace culture, how to write a Canadian resume, cover letter, and social networking. The best part of all, that really helped me was the training we got to master the interview questions and how to conduct as a professional during the interview.
Before I joined the program, I didn’t know that I had to prepare and practice for any interview. Both my instructor and job developer helped me understand the interview process and prepare for how to answer to any question from the hiring manager.
This was done during several activities with the instructor where we learned how to introduce ourselves and answer questions during an interview. It was sort of a rehearsal before the mock interviews. The mock interview was very interesting. I consider it as my first Canadian interview and took it very seriously. I prepared myself as it was a real job interview. It was better than a real interview because of the feedback that I got from my job developer. I learned about what I did good and what I needed to improve.
My job developer was a great value to my journey looking for a job, without her advice and help with my resume, I wouldn’t be able to get any interview. I got two placement interviews and a job interview with a reputable company. She supported me every step of the way during my interviews.
The possibility to do more than one interview helped me to succeed during the last interview and secure a job offer. This couldn’t be possible without the assistance and guidance that I received from Jennifer (my job developer).
For me personally, ELT program is a way beyond improving business English skills and introducing Canadian workplace culture. After attending this program, I feel empowered and confident to work and contribute to the Canadian society.
I would strongly recommend ELT Program to any newcomer as a shortcut to get a descent job.
Office Admin & Customer Relations – Session 254 (April – June 2022)
I first heard about the ELT program through a friend who was at the time doing his post-doc fellowship at McMaster. He suggested that the classes are a great opportunity to further my language skills.
The ELT program was an amazing program that not only helps newcomers to advance their language skills, but more importantly help them become familiar and accustomed to the Canadian working culture. This program taught me the principles that Canadians value and facilitated my development of an accurate understanding of how to navigate my way in any Canadian system.
The classes were such rewarding and joyful experience for me that I did not even miss one! The classes gave us, the students, the opportunity to focus on what we needed most in terms of adapting to the Canadian working environment. One of the most crucial aspects of being able to promote yourself in Canada is self-confidence and self-courage which I frequently see lacking among the immigrants. Personally, this class had a huge impact on these aspects of me, both in terms of my self confidence in my language abilities and interpersonal skills. Finally, an absolute highlight of these classes was finding many friends that many of whom I consider close now even after few years.
After immigration, I found myself outside of my comfort zone. The new challenges I had never faced before could have easily thrown me off my course if it was not for the JDs and the instructor. After the immigration, I feel that everyone needs experienced companions that can help you gather your strength not to give in to fear, someone who trusts you and remind you of the bigger picture. For me, this person was my JD.
As I mentioned before, there are many nuances to the Canadian working culture. In the beginning, these nuances and difference between my culture and the culture here were intimidating and impossible to navigate. However, people in this program helped me find my way to acknowledging and adapting to these cultural contrasts. After a while, I gained the confidence to take on understanding and remedying these differences alone. I consider the insight I developed during the course is one of my most valuable assets in future success.
I learned that I should work hard to achieve my goals. I learned that even though it might take a while to get back to where I was standing before immigration, with confidence in myself and hard work anything is possible in Canada. I am currently doing my PhD at HEI department at McMaster. I am also in the process of applying for the only clinical residency position available to the international medical graduates.
I would absolutely refer anyone to ELT. In fact, I have referred my own mother to the program, and we are all extremely happy with the results. I wish all the staff and students best of luck.
Health and Wellness (Nov 2018 – Feb 2019)
All stories of success have a start and a long path of struggles and hard work to finalize as such.
Me too, like many newcomers, I was wondering how to be successful in a new world and represent my self properly in the workplace. These questions began to confuse me every time I made research through internet to find a guide that would help me.
Then, one of my friends living in Canada for a long time suggested to enroll and participate in the ELT Program, the proper one in which I would find the support I needed. I immediately started the process of enrollment. It was a smooth one, and the staff of ELT was very helpful during this step.
After I got enrolled, I was very excited how this course would be. At the beginning I thought that it would take too long, but as the days passed, I had a continuous feeling of being involved more and more in its content.
Every day was so busy in preparing our projects, discussing, and sharing our thoughts on specific topics. At this point, I got my self-confidence and even more, new friends from all around the world. All professionals who shared the same purpose: Learn, don’t give up, Succeed.
Another part of the course, a very important one, was how to prepare successful resumes, cover letter, business letter, how to write effective emails and how to be prepared for an interview, tips that I didn’t know before. Our instructor Nelson, with the positivity and kindness that characterized him, taught us everything we needed to know how to emphasize our transferable skills and how to be more representative during an interview.
Next, our job developer, Ivetta, helped us organizing and giving instructions during our mock interviews, creating first a warm atmosphere to make us feel more comfortable, and then giving us advice how to perform better.
Finally, I have to say that this program has been an excellent experience for me, and with the help of all the ELT program staff, which had a great willingness to help us to succeed, I can say that I am on the right path.
I will very recommend this program to all newcomers, to be on the right path, with the proper support.
Accounting & Financial Services – Session 250 (Jan - March 2022)
If you decide to change everything in your life and move to another country by yourself, how will you figure out the correct ways in your life?
I was always thinking about it before moving to Toronto. After I moved, I tried to handle it by myself, and it was so hard to find the correct ways to move on in my career. I completed the postgraduate program, but it was not enough to get an interview after the Covid-19 situation. Everything became more challenging and getting any offer seemed impossible to me. Then my friends encouraged me to join the TDSB ELT program from an employment training agency to get help with English and to find the right ways in job search.
To be honest with you, I thought that it will be the same as other programs, but it surprised me. After 8 weeks of class, you have a chance of getting a 6-week voluntary placement, which is rare to find in other programs. The instructors are one of the finest teachers I have ever met. They helped me to improve my academic English in my professional life. Also, they explained the Canadian culture very effectively and helped develop my soft, interview and presentation skills which were an asset to my new job.
Throughout the ELT program, my job developer Paulina Paredes extended great support to modify and develop my resume and help improve my job searching skills. She also gave me some tips when I attended job interviews. I very much appreciate her support during this challenging time. I always thanked her so much for being there for me. It means more than I can say. It was a long journey to achieve my goals but, her advice was very helpful and gave me a new perspective on my career journey. When I was preparing for an interview, I remember our conversation about not fearing challenges or obstacles and viewing it with a positive lens. "Don't think every challenge is harmful, if you look at your challenge with a positive lens, you will start to view it differently when you face them. Because every challenge is a new experience to improve ourselves in life”.
The perfect gift for them is to let them know when you get a new offer and hired. You will hundred percent feel how they will share your happiness like your family. I'm so happy to feel that.
Thank you all for taking the time to assist me. I sincerely appreciate the time you all spent reviewing my career goals and recommending strategies for achieving them.
Please don't hesitate to step on your goals with them asap!
Office Admin & Customer Relations – Session 248 (Jan – March 2022)
After a long period of trying to find a job in Canada without success I signed up for the ELT program.
During the program, I learned how to prepare for a job interview that eventually helped me to find a job in my own field. Other than that, I was able to improve my English skills.
The program was very interesting and in addition to the English lessons, I also participated in lectures that gave me extensive knowledge in various fields. I also learned new topics in the financial field and a deeper acquaintance with the Canadian market.
My favorite part of the program is that I had to present a presentation, something I had no experience with before.
On this occasion I would like to recommend to anyone looking for a job in Canada to sign up for the program.
Accounting & Financial Services – Session 244 (Oct - Dec 2021)
I used to struggle with my business English skills as well as looking for a job in Canada even though I had experience in my IT field. As my friend’s recommendation, I participated in the ELT program at TDSB. It has been the best decision I have made since I came to Canada.
I had the classes with my dear instructor - Sohaila. She not only taught me business English skills such as: writing the formal letter, making the proposal and how to communicate politely to my boss but also encouraged me to always be confident in myself with a positive attitude. I also learnt from my JD Jennifer how to write an attractive Resume and customize it to match the job posting.
I finished the course with the support of all staff in the ELT program. I am now more confident in my English with 2 levels up. I got my job offer when I was doing my work placement. I am so happy and grateful for that.
Thank you, Canada, ELT, and ELT’s staff.
Thanks to your instructions, my dream now comes true! I would recommend ELT to all the people I know so they too will succeed like me.
Hong Vo (Emma)
Information Technology session (Sept - Nov 2021)
Before moving to Canada, I had a few questions I kept asking myself like, how am I going to continue my career? where should I start? I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get a job that is aligned with what I was practicing or even related to what I studied in my home country. I didn’t want to end up to that stereotype of international professionals being underemployed in a new country.
Fortunately, my mother told me about how the Canadian government helps newcomers land a job through ELT program which was offered to me after completing the Canadian language benchmark assessment. I came to the country in the middle of the pandemic and we were all living with uncertainty and stress. The ELT program was transformed to offer remote learning. However, the instructors and job developers have maintained the interactive and personally engaging developmental experience. Appropriate supports are given to help in building the confidence, discipline, and social-emotional skills needed to bridge international professionals to Canadian job/business environment. It is also a great opportunity to meet multi-cultured people with extensive professional backgrounds and experiences who can be your references in the future.
Employment programs like ELT provide not just soft skills enhancement and job placement opportunities but also mentoring and real-life skills. If you are a newcomer and in need of a preparation for immediate entry into workforce or a chance to get and eventually keep a job, then this program is a great stepping stone!
Engineering – Session 232 (Jun – Aug 2021)
I enrolled in the ELT program one month after my arrival in Canada, Ontario. I heard about the program after completing my English assessment test with the YMCA of Greater Toronto online. I remember being very impressed by the description of the course option because I realised that the program would help me to prepare for my job search. My thoughts were confirmed at my first class with the ELT ENG 232 session.
The ELT program gave me the opportunity to understand the Canadian job market. I had an amazing instructor Susan and I still use the tips and tricks she shared with us. I also learned a lot with my JD Roxanne and my sector specific instructor Rakesh. They all trained me to have a good understanding of job descriptions and prepare for interviews. I really appreciated how demanding the program was. It kept me busy while doing my class projects and job search. I will always be grateful for showing me the way through the Canadian job market. It also strengthened my confidence in my professional background as an internationally trained professional. I learned how customer care writing is important and how invaluable my soft skills are. Moreover, I was in a very supportive group and it was great to share our journey together.
I did not find a job placement after the program, but it did not take me more than a couple of interviews to be offered the position I have today in infrastructure project management. I thank all the ELT staff for the great job they achieve with new immigrants. Thank you for your help and support in our journey. I highly recommend the ELT program to newcomers in Ontario. It will help you to understand the workplace culture and find your way through a decent job.
Engineering – Session 232 (Jun – Aug 2021)
Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts about TDSB ELT program.
I heard about ELT program after I finished my CLB assessment from YMCA. This was the first training program I enrolled after getting my PR. At first, I just wanted to have a try, I never thought it turned out to be the most productive and memorable training I ever had.
ELT program has great and systematic curriculum which includes business English training, job developer sessions, sector specific lessons, legal aid workshop and digital empowerment training. On top of that, each instructor and job developer are impressively professional and helpful.
After the eight weeks with ELT, I developed not only my own Canadian style resume and learnt how to prepare an efficient interview, but also successfully found a volunteer work placement with the help of my job developer Ivetta.
For me personally, the inspiring ELT workshop is way beyond improving business English skills and introducing Canadian workplace culture, the instructor Thomas encouraged me to re-examine my inner self and make me more confident.
If I can only recommend one training to newcomers, it would be TDSB ELT program.
Information Technology – Session 227 (Apr – Jun 2021)
Being a newcomer is a challenging experience, but this road can be less bumpy with proper guidance. Several of my friends have recommended the Enhanced Language Training as an incredible opportunity to learn about Canadian working culture and I was not disappointed!
This well-balanced training helped to develop varied skills from resume writing to in-office communication. As a high-skilled professional, the course instructor encouraged clients to do their best every day in job search and personal development. Moreover, the job developer helped to boost my confidence and provided practical advice for the interview process. Additionally, the sector-specific instructor was a great motivator and mentored me during the program.
By the end of the program, I managed to find a full-time job in an engineering company, and I can not express how grateful I am to the ELT team for their help in reaching this goal. I highly recommend this program to internationally trained engineers as a great start to their professional journey in Canada.
Engineering – Session (Apr – June 2021)
Thank you so much for the opportunity and all the help.
I heard about the ELT program from one of my mentors. The experience he shared with me was my way into the program. I really enjoyed all the 8 weeks of the program. The different sessions led by our Instructor Nelson, Job Developers (JD), sector-specific instructor Rakesh and different guest instructors were informative at the same time interesting. Our instructors were really encouraging and supported each one of us throughout the program. I was able to make new friends from different parts of the world who had tremendous experience in their respective field of engineering. It helped me build my professional network as well.
At the end of the program, I was able to acquire work placement at a reputed Civil Engineering firm in Markham with the help of my JD Jennifer, which eventually got converted into a full-time job for me. I am informed that this was imaginable as I did everything possible to demonstrate my skills, adapt, learn and demonstrate what I could do in that role. The practice mock interview sessions at ELT were a great opportunity that helped me in understanding my mistakes. This made me more confident and fluent during the actual interviews. I recommend the ELT program to all the new immigrants. This program will help you understand more about the Canadian workplace culture and business etiquettes.
Mary Rose Joseph
Engineering Session 226 (Apr – June 2021)
I am writing to thank you and other individuals involved in the ELT program because of your great program and informative and helpful lessons…. I am one of the attendees of engineering sector of the program starting April 2021. After four weeks, I was invited to attend the interview for one of the positions I applied for and got the job as the “Team Lead of Manufacturing Quality Assurance” in “Stratosphere Quality” company.
From the information about the workplace culture and business language in Canada to job finding strategies including preparing and improving the resume, networking and finding connections, searching companies, how to appear in the interview and how to answer the questions etc., were very effective for me to get the job.
While searching for companies and contact persons for job placement, I reached to one of the managers in one of my goal companies; through mutual connections I asked him for consultancy. Giving many helpful comments, he introduced me to one of his friends who worked as a project manager in Stratosphere Quality company. This person was very supportive as well and told me to send him my resume and apply on the site of the company for the related job posting. In less than two weeks I was invited for the interview.
The interview went well. The questions were like what we had practiced during the class, I was prepared to answer them, supporting my answers with my success stories. Few hours after the interview, I was called and told that I can start my job from the beginning of next month.
I feel way more comfortable and confident than I felt before participating in the program. I am very grateful to you and other teachers for your invaluable knowledge, great experience, high professionalism, helpful comments, recommendations and support, inspiration, and encouragement.
I will recommend my friend to participate and take benefit of this program.
Engineering Session (Apr-Jun 2021)
The ELT program, which was recommended by my language assessor at YMCA, helps newcomers be prepared for Canadian workplace culture as well as help them find employment. I would like to talk about what really makes the program stand out.
After 8 weeks of class, you can get a 6-week voluntary placement chance, which is rare to find in other programs. Also, the classes are differentiated between Administration/Customer Service and Accountant/Financial professionals, according to a participant’s previous experience. The program is very practical and well-organized. I learned useful tips in cover letter and resume writing and got valuable feedback in class. Particularly, the job interview preparation and a mock interview made me feel well-prepared for my actual job interview. Finally, all the staff and instructors are very resourceful, professional and supportive.
Honestly, I was worried about not having class in person due to Covid-19, but it did not affect the success of the program. Having moved to Toronto during the pandemic, I found it very challenging to find a volunteer position to get Canadian experience. Getting a job seemed almost impossible. However, thanks to the ELT program, I landed a job in the administration sector by the end of the program. I am so happy that I joined the program. I highly recommend the ELT program.
Office Admin and Customer Relations - Session 222 (Jan- March 2021)
The Enhanced Language Training (TDSB) program was my third agency for training, development, and support in my Canadian job search. Before starting the program, I have decided it is my final job training. I heard about the ELT program from an employment training agency.
The ELT program helped me to improve my language. I have learnt more about the Canadian job market. I never paid attention to some of my soft skills before. I have concentrated more on my technical skills. The ELT program helped me notice more of my soft skills. With the help of the ELT program, I have developed my skills like presentation and interview skills.
Throughout the ELT program and my voluntary placement, my job developer Genevieve Graham extended great support to modify and develop my resume and help improve my skills. She also gave me some tips to attend the job interview. By the end of my voluntary placement, I got two full-time opportunities from two companies. These happened because of the excellent training by the ELT program.
I would like to thank Dr. Rakesh and Linda. They have supported and motivated me in my job search. As a new immigrant, I will strongly recommend the ELT program not only for job search and voluntary placement, but also to create more connections in the same field. It also helps us to improve most of our important soft skills, which we never focus on.
Thank you ELT for giving me a breakthrough!
Engineering Session, Oct – Dec 2020
I was a student of TDSB-Community Services’ ELT Fall 2020 program. I came to know about this program when I did my language assessment with YMCA in last August.
Initially I was in a bit of a dilemma; however, when I talked with an ELT counselor and attended their information session, I understood this program was not like any regular program, but it was designed in such a way for a newcomer where he/she would be able to get the accurate industry information, a guideline and possibly an opportunity of work-placement in the desired area. I am happy I joined the program, followed their guided path and thus today, I can share my success story.
Our workshop took place online. It had eight weeks of in-class program under a very talented, and professional instructor and we were also tied with a Job Developer (JD) to get prepared for work-placements. It covered useful tips and techniques about resume writing, interviews and business language, hidden job market research, work culture; sometimes industry leaders joined the program, shared their experiences, and suggested us the required certifications or paths for long run.
The uniqueness of this program I find is that the mentors are highly experienced in their fields, thus they not only concentrated on resumes or cover letters, but they taught me how I can be different among all other candidates, how to answer most difficult questions in a manner which portrays my positiveness and soft skills. My JD worked very hard and found me the placement matching my experiences even during pandemic, she helped me with my interview questions, showed me the areas to improve, researching the hidden job market; even after that when I got the work placement, she advised me in detail how I should behave so that, in case there is any opportunity, the company can offer me a job.
Upon completion of the program, I got the work placement and fortunately I can turn that to a contractual job. I regularly use the keywords or communication skills I have learnt from this program in my day-to-day job, which helps me to be a part of the team easily.
I highly recommend this program to any newcomer, because one lucrative part of this program is the possible opportunity of job placement which helps us with much required Canadian experiences and, secondly, the supports from instructors are wide-ranging. They are pioneers in these areas. They know all the difficulties or questions a newcomer can have; thus, they offer very personalized support to each participant.
I am very much thankful to the ELT program, my mentors, to become my support system in this new journey. I share my gratitude to all the people who are associated with this.
Information Technology – Aug to Oct 2020
I learned about the Enhanced Language Training program from a LINC classmate. She told me that her husband successfully found a professional job through this project, which is very suitable for people who work in IT. Later, I checked it online myself and found it very interesting, so I signed up for it.
Overall, I think the ELT project is very good! It systematically introduces how to write resumes, interviews, social networking, Canadian work culture etc. The tutors in the courses are very experienced and gave us a lot of knowledge and skills. In the class, my instructor Nelson was very helpful! He is humorous and serious. He is a professional and very interesting tutor! We all love him!
After the popularization of knowledge in the ELT classroom and the communication with the students, we realized the difference between our previous work experience and methods and the local work culture in Canada. How to deal with this difference properly and how to deal with this kind of difference reasonably is conducive to us to find a professional job..
After taking the ELT course, I strongly recommend this course to every new immigrant friend who wants to find a job. Everyone who has taken this course will have a great harvest!
In fact, after finishing the ELT course, I successfully found a professional job in one month.
I sincerely thank the ELT course and the teachers of ELT!
Thank you very much!
Information Technology Session 194 (Oct – Dec 2019)
I joined ELT after my Clinical Research course in Canada. I was looking for a job and I went to Next Steps Employment Centres and there they suggested to take a course in ELT about Health. My JD there was sure that this will open more opportunities for me. And I have to say this, they were not wrong. I joined ELT in November of 2018.
My instructor, Kurt is one of the finest teachers I have ever met. He explained the Canadian culture very effectively and helped develop my soft skills which were an asset for my new job. I joined as a volunteer and then continued working in the same place.
My JD Roxanne Rocks. She taught me the value of a high-quality resume and how to build it. She gave some important tips and tricks which I still use. The most useful part of ELT was to prepare us for the job interview. We had a mock interview which was almost like a real interview and the comments and feedback on it helped me to improve tremendously.
Our sector specific instructor helped us learn what is new in the field and where else we can fit in. All these efforts from different members of ELT boosted my confidence and I felt ready to be a part of the bigger community with more challenges.
When I joined ELT, I was not expecting it to be so useful. But now, I can say very confidently that it is one of the most important programs run by TDSB for the newcomers. I am happy I took the ELT program. I have and will recommend this to my friends who are looking for opportunities.
I am very thankful to my mentors, ELT staff and this wonderful program for supporting my new journey in a new country. It helped me with a good job opportunity and lifetime friends.
Health & Wellness session (Dec 2018 - Feb 2019)
Starting over in a new country is a daunting challenge, especially for myself. I had built a career in Supply chain for over a decade before I made the move to Canada. Finding a job was at the top of my list of priorities when I arrived, eager to continue my journey in Supply chain. I soon realized that I would need help to prepare for the job market in Toronto. My sister had found out about the program when researching new immigrant resources in Toronto.
The TDSB, ELT program was exactly what I needed. The tutoring on work practices, and how to tailor my resume to successfully scale through to the interview stage was essential to helping me secure work. I also made many good friends and learned so much from the TDSB facilitators and industry experts that held sessions to set me up for success. Shortly after completing the program, I found a job that fit my skills perfectly. I look back fondly on the program and how it was instrumental in jump starting my career in Canada!
Sales and Marketing session (April 15 - June 2019)
I would like to introduce the Sales and Marketing Professional Program to all my friends. It was very helpful to me. This program not only helped me get a great job in Canada, but also helped me prepare well to make a difference in a new company.
There are several points which are very helpful that I would love to highlight here:
The teachers are very experienced and skillful, my classmates and me got involved in the class very soon, especially with Nelson, we learned a lot from his experience, and he prepared us well psychologically for the new life and new change in Canada.
This program provided us with the comprehensive knowledge and tips in almost every field that we needed to know in our daily job, very practical.
There were so many young talented professionals in this program, we learned a lot from each other.
Again, I would love to refer this program to everyone who just move in to Canada and who would like to get development in their sales and marketing career. Nelson, Thanks a lot!
Qin Y. (Neil)
Sales and Marketing session (April - June 2019)
I landed in Canada and settled down in Toronto in August 2018. Before coming to Canada one of my best friends told me about the importance of getting Canadian experience if I was pursuing working in my field. I did some research on the Internet of programs for internationally trained professionals and found this amazing program for Engineers.
ELT for Engineers program offers newcomers the opportunity to learn and understand the workplace culture, as well as get a work placement in their field. This program helped me to enhance my English skills, how to customize my resume, and be well prepared for a job interview.
In addition to the English classes and guest speakers’ sessions related to legal aid and the Engineering License process, the program delivers one-to-one sessions with a job developer. Here is when I had the privilege to meet Roxanne. She was not only my JD she also became my friend and we have been in touch since then.
After the completion of the program including my work placement, I was offered a part-time job at the same company.
I would like to encourage all newcomers to be part of this program, it will strengthen your self-confidence and will help you to land on the right path in your professional career.
Finally, I would like to add a quote for all of you:
“Stay always positive, believe in yourself, and make all challenges an opportunity to grow and get where you want to be”.
Internationally Trained Engineer making great strides locally!
Engineering – Session 161 (Sep - Nov 2018)
I found out about the ELT program through a friend as he received assistance and started working in his field after finishing the program. I was hesitant at the beginning but read more about it and learnt that it is free of charge, especially for someone, like myself, who recently moved to Canada, and does not know from where to start.
When I joined the ELT program (Health and wellness module), it exceeded my expectation as I received the full support that I needed. At the beginning, I wanted to learn more about the Canadian culture and how to communicate in a Canadian way. Suzan, who was our class instructor, met my needs and answered many questions I had regarding my new country such as the law, taxes, manners and many other aspects.
Communication skills that I learnt were amazing as they helped me a lot during my licensing examinations journey in the medical field. Then she focused on work and career paths like business manners and writing.
In the last few weeks of the program, Paul, my job developer, helped me to edit my resume into the Canadian style and improve my interview skills. This support helped to ace my interview with the Canadian Red Cross as a volunteer at the beginning until I joined them officially as an employee and was deployed to different cities in Ontario working in emergencies. I will always appreciate and be grateful to the ELT program for showing me the path and motivating me. I highly recommend it to all international trained professionals, particularly newcomers, who need any kind of support.
Health and Wellness Session – July 9 to Sep 2018
ELT program is a great opportunity not only to learn more about Canadian work environment and gain valuable knowledge of job seeking but also to get the first Canadian experience during a work placement, which is also provided by the program. I found out about the ELT program from YMCA language assessor and had no doubt that it would make a beginning of my successful career in Canada.
After eight weeks of in-class lessons with a high-skilled professional teacher, I learned a vast number of useful tips and techniques about resume and cover letter writing, interviews and business language, Canadian work culture and corporate environment. It was an intensive program with a perfect balance between everyday challenges and fun! The other part of the program consisted of meetings with a job developer, who was extremely helpful with resume customization, practical interviews preparation and placement seeking.
Upon completing the program, I significantly improved my language skills, got lots of useful knowledge and information that I would definitely use in the future, and the most important I managed to get a paid internship in an international IT company. Therefore I definitely recommend the ELT program for all internationally trained professionals who want to build a successful career in Canada.
I heard about the ELT program from the YMCA when I got my CLB test last November. After reading the introduction for the program, I decided to enrol immediately because it has two significant features which are different from others. One is grouping students by industry and another is volunteer work placement recommendation by the job developer. Later the fact proves, those two features are so important for us to get interviews and to be successful.
Because of COVID-19, our class changed into an online course, but it had no effect on training. We learned lots of language knowledge. Students from multicultural backgrounds built teams to discuss different opinions and summarize into an assessment. Everyone had a chance to make a public presentation. All textbook and material revolved around a real situation. We got many skill points which should be mastered in the workplace very quickly.
Job developer gave us comprehensive interview guideline and pointed out every tiny thing which should be improved. In the mock interview, it was such an amazing immersive sense that I had to overcome being nervous and tongue-tied. Those training and strategies were used in my later interview successfully.
As a newcomer, we have to shift our mind and integrate into society as soon as possible. We must absorb essential skills and knowledge to adapt to new workplaces. We need opportunities to practice and present our professional ability. The ELT program is a platform for us to provide all of those things. In this program, I learned about not only communication language but also common sense and motivation for workplace. I really highly recommend this program for all newcomers.
Qiang (Marvin) K.
“It (ELT) is helpful for newcomers, it is designed based on what we need to know about general culture and working environment in Canada and enhance our language skills to easily adapt to the English speaking communities.
The teacher is very enthusiastic to explain all the definitions and concepts that are strange to us about life in Canada. He always welcomes questions and helped me fix language errors in my resume.
The Job developer also helps to identify what is the (difference) in job hunting strategy in Canada and in my home country, so that I can apply and change my approach immediately to get a job offer quickly.
I enhanced my languages skills… got job searching skills and know how to well prepare for an upcoming opportunity.”
Hanh Thi (Hannah)
Attended the ELT - Financial Services session
Employed at one of Canada’s top-five banks
One of the workers at YMCA recommended the ELT program at TDSB. The program is really great and very helpful. I learnt the Canadian culture, life, working environment, job search tools and interview tips, enhanced my language skills to adapt easily to the English speaking communities, established new contacts with my multicultural team. My team was incredible, all my classmates were internationally trained professionals with whom I learnt the importance of diversity and inclusion.
From my ELT Instructor Nelson Yuen, I learnt the importance of SABO stories and their effectiveness in making the interview process professional and successful. And I was greatly impressed when I got a message from YMCA for a phone interview that resulted in a volunteer placement.
Within the frames of the ELT program, I improved my hard skills as well, prepared presentations and business correspondence, created a LinkedIn account, and improved my knowledge at Excel.
Working with my Job Developer Jennifer Kolins, I learnt many job search tools, had a great experience to pass the mock interview and got respectful feedback on my responses and behaviour. I felt more prepared and confident for any upcoming opportunity to interview, to network, to use business communication skills and workplace behavioural skills, to reach my goals in my new country. And as a result of my study, I got a job!
I am very grateful to all my teachers at the ELT program for their invaluable knowledge, great experience, high professionalism, respectful comments, recommendations and support, inspiration and encouragement. I definitely recommend the program to all internationally-trained newcomers to improve their business English skills for the workplace and to gain the Canadian experience.
One of my friends I met at Church who is an administrator in a large company recommended the ELT program to me as she had seen my struggle in looking for a job. She said she was a student in the ELT program more than 10 years ago and found a job through the program.
We have a group of very experienced and professional instructors like Nelson in ELT program to teach us the workplace culture, write business letters, build our confidence, create and embellish interview stories and practice interview skills.
Also, classmates were so collaborative to help each other doing homework, filling out company list to be a volunteer there.
I believe it would be better for students to be in a physical classroom with instructors and classmates. Given the situation with the pandemic, online classes did the job!
I already recommended this program to my friends who would definitely join after being qualified.
I came to Canada as an immigrant with new hopes and dreams. ELT program at TDSB-Centrepoint Learning was something which caught my attention and after my research, I joined the program in Accounting stream. This program provided an opportunity to understand the Canadian workplace environment and equipped me with necessary skills required in securing a job, such as resume building, facing interviews, networking and enhancing social media presence. It not only covered all the essential components for job search in my field but also provided me insight of the tools and software commonly used in Canadian business environment.
ELT helped me leverage my skills and experience to gain opportunities. I really enjoyed all the components of the program whether its learning in multicultural environment, practicing new skills and helping each other to gain confidence during hiring process.
I am extremely grateful to my instructor Kurt Strachan and coordinator Pallavi Mauji who guided and supported me in transition of my life. Roxanne my JD has been an integral part of my journey at ELT. With the knowledge, coaching and blessings of Kurt and Roxanne and learnings of the program in my armoury, I was able to secure a job in accounting within six months of my arrival, even during the unprecedented times of COVID.
In a nutshell I am happy that I got this opportunity to get connected with ELT program and made a wise decision.
Rafael was a dedicated and focused client in ELT Sales and Marketing, April 2019. He has a background in marketing and tourism. Early in 2020, Rafael made an aggressive plan to network and go back to the career he so loved. His hard work paid off when he started his new job as a Director for a firm providing governance consulting, research, training, and more. He will be responsible for Customer Care and Marketing.
Nelson Yuen – instructor
It is most gratifying to see someone who used to be an industry leader in his native country, came to Canada, worked hard to get back his self-confidence and land another job where he can blossom and contribute to his new home. It is stories like this that makes my day.
One of my fellow ELT students, Eliane, whom I met at the Triec mentoring information session, recommended this program.
It is a good program for newcomers. It facilitates the learning of Canadian business communication skills and workplace behavioural skills. It also equips them with job search methods and tips to begin a successful career in Canada.
I really enjoyed working with a multicultural team with a sales and marketing background. I learned different perspectives from their career experiences and their newcomer experiences in Canada. I also learned many nuances of effective communication from Barbara Carter, ELT Instructor.
I learned many useful job search tips from the Job Developer. The mock interview process helped me reflect on my body language and my responses to behavioural interview questions.
I learned the importance of conversational writing and its effectiveness in making the communication genuine and in gaining readers engagement.
Would you consider referring the ELT program to others?
Yes. It is a great platform for newcomers to learn Canadian business communication and to gain their first practical experience in working with a multicultural team here in Canada.
Attended ELT Sales and Marketing
“The ELT can help internationally trained professionals by providing them with the resources they need to get acclimated to the Canadian workplace environment and by helping them leverage on their skills and experience to gain opportunities… being in a program like ELT is like being in the workplace; whether it’s interacting with others, learning and re-learning, establishing contacts, and helping others get better.
Whether you have basic or intermediate language skills, I would recommend the ELT program if you’re looking for a program that combines practical communication skills development and training, relevant workplace and sector-specific information, and useful job search tools and strategies.”
Attended ELT Financial Services
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