Thanks to funding provided by RBC Royal Bank, the London Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council (LMIEC) is connecting successfully employed skilled immigrants with job-seeking newcomers in our community. RBC has provided $33,000 to establish the LMIEC Peer Mentorship for Immigrant Employment program. The program will facilitate 25 Peer-to-peer matches in London-Middlesex. It is anticipated that this initiative will lead to the direct employment of 20 skilled immigrants in our community.
“Part of RBC’s commitment is focused on diversity, as we believe that diversity is key to our growth as a company and a nation”, says Gus Kotsiomitis, RBC’s Vice President of Commercial Banking London/St. Thomas. “Peer-to-peer mentorship will help sustain or restore the newcomer’s confidence that participation in an active job search and utilization of job search supports will lead to commensurate employment. RBC Royal Bank is proud to support this important pro-gram that will make such a tremendous difference in the lives of so many new-comers”, he added. Gus Kotsiomitis has also served as Chair of the employer-driven LMIEC since its inception in 2007.
The LMIEC will collaborate with London employers, the Access Centre for Regulated Employment and WIL Employment Connections to refer and engage both successful newcomers and immigrant job seekers to the program. Shorter in duration than traditional mentoring relationships, peer mentoring will be utilized by the LMIEC and its project partners to re-engage individuals who may have lost confidence in their job search process by connecting them with newcomers who have faced and overcome similar challenges integrating into the local labour force. The peer mentorship program will complement the LMIEC’s existing mentorship program that connects skilled immigrants with local professionals in longer term mentoring relationships.