As Internationally Trained Individuals (ITI's), your skills from abroad are a great asset to the Canadian workforce. However, your international credentials may not always be recognized by Canadian institutions. ITI's who wish to return to their original careers must get credentials which are recognized by Canadians. Many times, this means pursuing training in Canada or going back to school.
Let’s say you found the perfect post-secondary program which will give you the Canadian-recognized credentials to return to your desired career path in Canada. However, you noticed that a specific level of English proficiency is needed when you read up on the program’s admission requirements. Being from a non-English speaking country, you begin to worry that your lack of English abilities may prevent you from enrolling into your ideal course.
Many ITI's may face similar barriers when trying to enter Canadian post-secondary institutions. The ITI wants to receive credentials recognized in the Canadian workplace by attending a Canadian post-secondary institution. However, a lack of prerequisite knowledge may prevent them from even stepping foot into the classroom.
Consider Academic Upgrading.
Academic Upgrading is a common program offered at many college institutions across Alberta and Saskatchewan. These can be considered as supplementary classes which allow prospective students to upgrade their skills in order to meet the admission requirements set by each post-secondary institution. In many cases, these courses act as an equivalent to a Grade 12 education which are required for most post-secondary programs.
If a lack of English proficiency is preventing you from beginning your studies in Canada, academic upgrading programs can help by offering classes recognized by Canadian post-secondary institutions. Of course, academic upgrading is not only offered for English classes; courses are also provided for other subjects such as the sciences, arts, business, information technology and many more.
For more information, please contact your local college admissions office to inquire about their offered academic upgrading classes.
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Career Loans is a program funded by the Canadian government which aims to give one-on-one career counselling and low-interest loans to Internationally Trained Immigrants residing in Alberta and Saskatchewan. If you are having trouble finding work in your original career, please register on our homepage and our counselors will determine if you are eligible for the Career Loans services.