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.


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