Refugees in the Workplace

Through the Employment First program, refugees gain hands-on work experience, workplace skills, and one-on-one support that will help them secure and retain employment, meet the standards and expectations of local employers, and succeed on the job.

This 6-week program will provide participants with immediate job placement in an entry-level position, as well as an opportunity to build their skills through CCIS employment training.

Participants will be in the workplace for a minimum of 24 hours per week, with 2 days in the CCIS classroom. Classroom learning includes, but is not limited to:

  • Communication skills for the Canadian workplace
  • Working with others
  • Customer service skills
  • Canadian workplace culture and values
  • Personal management skills
  • Employment rights and responsibilities

Following the 6-week job placement, a permanent employment opportunity may be offered.


EMPLOYMENT FIRST in workplaceEligible participants will demonstrate sufficient language skills and will have received foundational employment training through CCIS employment workshops.

CCIS will conduct an assessment interview to ensure that participants are committed to the Employment First program and prepared for an immediate job placement.

Once participants have been selected, CCIS will organize a hiring fair for employers to meet and interview candidates. Employers will have the opportunity to hire candidates of their choice.



By participating in Employment First, employers support the settlement, integration and labour market participation of refugees, while addressing their workforce needs by tapping into a diverse pool of dedicated, enthusiastic and work-ready employees.


Contact Phone Email

Eden Weredu

403.797.3369  |  403.262.2012


Funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.