The 36th Annual General Meeting Celebration highlights how WIL is aligned for growth, and that the past years initiates have built an even stronger foundation for the future.
The annual report emphasizes the collective impact over the last year:
- 1,039 clients equipped with the tools to translate their international experience and education to employment pathways for the Canadian Labour Market;
- 281 employers actively engaged in reaching out to immigrant talent to support their recruitment and staffing needs; and
- 555 clients meaningfully employed.
Despite the changes the pandemic has brought, there were many outstanding highlights of the extensive work WIL has done during this past year. Some of this year’s highlights included:
- The Alternative Career Options (ACO) program at WIL led new initiatives to support international medical graduates (IMGs – medical doctors trained outside of Canada) with clinical training to increase connections to the Ontario healthcare system. Several of the IMGs were hired to support vaccination efforts through a collaboration with the Middlesex London Health Unit.
- As an outcome of the strong partnerships that WIL has developed with employers throughout Southwestern Ontario, we were quick to identify gaps and opportunities to support the local economy. We have actively worked with employers throughout the pandemic to not only hire newcomer talent, but also to enhance welcoming and inclusive workplaces through the Employer Engagement initiative. Further, we have connected newcomers with employment earlier in their journeys. While many of our clients are highly proficient in multiple languages including English and French, we were able to work with employers to welcome newcomers at all levels of language proficiency to support business needs. WIL was the driver in connecting these employers and job seekers via a job fair and supported the onboarding and training process of these new employees. To support the needs of both parties, WIL further collaborated with local organizations including Cross Cultural Learner Centre and Across Languages to support with translation services as required.
Additionally, over the next few months, WIL will be transitioning to its new name and brand - WILL Employment Solutions with services delivered through WILL Work, WILL Access and WILL Immploy. The annual report includes information on this rebranding project that WIL and its projects have undergone as a result of key strategic initiatives to align the services internally with the needs of the sector. Watch the brand celebration announcement to learn more.