Hiring an intern or international student may be a good solution to fill a temporary workforce void. The suitability for long-term employment can be evaluated while candidates obtain on-the-job training and relevant work experience.
Mentorship, internships and job-coaching programs are formal, structured work experiences that align with professional or career learning goals. These opportunities provide participants an opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills and connect them with a potential future employer. Positions can be part-time or full-time, and typically run between one-to-two months. Employers are provided the opportunity to acquire talented, skilled workers, and participants acquire on-the-job experience and support in their field of interest.
Successful internships or job coaching programs include:
- Clear guidelines on recruitment, selection, training, and supervision
- Clear expectations and tasks for mutual success
- Contributions and expertise from the intern
- Commitment to the success of the program and help to mentor the intern
- Evaluation of the progress and efforts of the intern and opportunities to provide purposeful feedback
For more information, check out the "Employer Resources" from Internships.com, visit hireimmigrants.ca, or contact your local Employment Ontario Employment Service provider.