New Brunswick Employment Language Training (NBELT)
Through employment-specific language training and work-related experiences such as mentoring, volunteering, job placements, and other ways to help newcomers find work, New Brunswick Employment Language Training (NBELT) services help newcomers to more easily and quickly find and keep jobs for which they are qualified.
The training includes the following components:
- Workplace Language;
- Computer Skills and Computer-Assisted Language Learning;
- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and e-Portfolio;
- Workplace Readiness Workshop series.
Salma Elmughrabi successfully completed the NBELT program, including the e-Portfolio/PLAR class wherein she developed her resume, cover letter, networking and interview skills, and cultural competency in the workplace. Salma effectively used her developed portfolio and interview skills and gained a position as Teller and Customer Service Agent with Scotiabank.
“You took an interest in my case and helped me. I am very happy for all I have been helped,” she said upon sharing the news of her success. “I almost gave up but you helped me stick with it!”
Referrals by counsellors have been the main channel of access to NBELT. Newcomers also access the training program by learning about it from the ethno-cultural and broader community networks.
Clients are involved in the training program via self-directed learning with coaching as well as via formalized classes related to work readiness and language support. Client feedback sessions and surveys are conducted regularly to keep the program current and relevant to client needs.
The Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA) delivers NBELT in partnership with the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) and other participating service providers across the province. As the funding agreement holder, the NBMC is responsible for the overall coordination, management, and development of the program. The program has a provincial Steering Committee.
MAGMA has a three-fold reporting mechanism in place for the program. It provides quarterly reports to CIC, the province, and the NBMC.
All clients who have completed the program since its inception in 2005 went at least one level up in terms of Canadian Language Benchmarks. Most recent classes with new model have over 90 percent success rate in gaining employment in a related field of expertise or in achieving acceptance for further education at a post-secondary institution.
The MAGMA training model has been developed based on research of best practices from across the country and in consideration of the particular circumstances of a smaller city. Curriculum and structure can be transferred to other sites which do not have the large numbers for a sector-specific ELT program.
- Service Providers
- Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA)
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Province of New Brunswick
- Greater Moncton, NB
- Year of Launch
- Languages of Delivery
- English (with French being piloted)
- Newcomer Groups Served
- Immigrants and refugees
- Expected Results
Language/Skills (Newcomers have language/skills needed to function in Canada)
Labour Market Access (Newcomers obtain the required assistance to find employment commensurate with their skills and education)
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