Free courses to help newcomers improve communications skills

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:00:11 +0000

Would you like to increase your confidence in using English in your workplace? Want to improve your interviewing and networking skills and make connections? Interested in understanding technology workplaces in Ontario?

Georgian college is offering free courses for permanent residents and protected persons, beginning in Fall 2019.

Workplace Communication Skills for Professional Managers, a blended course that takes place at the Barrie Campus, as well as online, runs from Oct. 15, 2019 to March 13, 2020.

The college is also offering four online courses for those with experience in the technology industry. Communicating in the Technology Sector in Ontario begins Sept. 30 and runs for six weeks. Other courses include Managing Workplace Interactions in Ontario, Accessing the Technology Job Market in Ontario and Writing Professionally.

These courses are offered through the Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT), a free, work-oriented language program that helps newcomers improve their language skills and better understand cultural dynamics relevant to business workplaces in Ontario through in-class and online courses. With funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Colleges Ontario supports the delivery of the courses at individual colleges throughout the province.

Adriana Granes from Brazil completed three free courses through the program at Georgian college and has learned that strong communication skills are the key to getting a position in Canada that matches the vast experience she gained in her home country. “I realized that speaking and listening clearly are essential tools to finding a job that matches your high-level technical skills. It does not matter if you have a high level of education in your country if your communication skills are not compatible. We need to understand that English is the key to succeed,” she says.

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