Practices & Innovations

Connector (Mentorship) Program

Contributor: Vancouver (City)
Year: 2015
Category: Partnerships
Award Details: UBCM Excellence Award Nominee - Partnerships
Short Description:
The Connector Program (2014) for new immigrant professionals is the fourth annual City of Vancouver Mentorship Program in partnership with the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) and local service providers such as MOSAIC, SUCCESS and ISSofBC. When initially offered, the Mentorship Program was the first of its kind for public sector in Western Canada. Strongly supported by the City Manager and Corporate Management Team, the mentorship program continues annually to provide new professional immigrants with insights into the local labour market and workplace culture through networking and learning opportunities with City staff in similar professions.  The program helps new immigrants to build a network of local professionals necessary for successful integration into the work force. The program benefits staff mentors, who further develop their leadership skills and cross-cultural awareness. City of Vancouver’s Mentorship Program has provided a successful program model for other local governments and employers to follow.
Last Reviewed: August 13, 2016, 11:54 am