Workplace Readiness Training

Many immigrants come to Canada as skilled and experienced professionals. However, language and other limitations can interfere with intentions to launch into the workforce. Workplace Readiness Training courses are designed to improve English language skills for the Canadian workplace, build awareness of cultural norms and expectations within a professional setting, and teach effective strategies to successfully start a career.

Workplace Communication for IT Professionals

Are you a foreign-trained and experienced IT professional with no Canadian work experience? Workplace Communication for IT Professionals (WCIT) provides enhanced language skills training for newcomers who are interested in entering the Canadian IT workplace.

This course provides:

  • Eight-week, 240-hour language and communications upgrading (30 hours/week)
  • Eight-week practicum in the workplace
  • Mentorship through the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)
  • Guest speakers
  • Workplace readiness training

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Hold a degree or technical diploma in a computer science, or computer engineering discipline or equivalent
  • Have at least two years related IT-related experience in their own country
  • Demonstrate a Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 in all skills (6 may be for writing)
  • Be enthusiastic about learning Canadian workplace culture and language

Dates:

  • January 12 - May 1, 2015
  • August 24 - December 11, 2015

Price: $4850

Funding is available for qualified applicants.

To apply, email your resumé to pamela.heath@sait.ca and include a letter of intent specifying why you are interested in this program. For more information call 403.284.8798.

Ready to Teach (RTT)

SAIT Polytechnic's Ready to Teach (RTT) program is offered to professionally and instructionally skilled newcomers, who can contribute to the development of the Canadian workforce by sharing their skills and knowledge in the post-secondary education system.

RTT is designed to help highly skilled newcomers with backgrounds in post-secondary instruction to enhance their language skills in order communicate effectively within the Canadian post-secondary system, and to gain the confidence necessary for presentation of self and technical concepts in front of a diverse group of learners.

The RTT program concentrates on professional language, cultural fit, practicum placement, workplace readiness training and coaching, labour-market analyses, and employment.

Completion of the program will assist the integration of participants into the Alberta post-secondary instructional labour force- an occupation equal to their formal training, abilities and past experience.

The program provides 60 hours of in-class work and an Instructional Skills Workshop.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Instructionally experienced, professionally skilled immigrants with a minimum Masters level graduates
  • Demonstrate a CLB level 7 in all skill areas
  • A willingness, desire and capacity to pursue an instructional career
  • Appropriate credentials/experience in the professional or technical field in which they will be teaching

Program Dates: January 17 - March 21, 2015

Cost: $1,195

To apply, email your resumé to pamela.heath@sait.ca. For more information call 403.284.8798.

Pathway to Business Language Training Program

Are you interested in a career in business? Are you planning to apply to a main program at the SAIT School of Business?

Do your communication skills need improvement? This FREE full-time language training program is a pathway in the School of Business - one that is specific and unique to the needs of second language learners.

Students will:

  • Focus on performance of oral communication and writing skills, while employing career-related terminology, procedures and workplace-specific jargon
  • Build awareness of cultural norms, assumption and expectations within a Canadian workplace setting
  • Apply occupation-related content and context to assist in language development

The training includes:

  • 15 weeks of intensive workplace language, culture and skills training with a focus on the Workplace Essential Skills required for success in the workplace
  • Orientation by the School of Business around the expectations of the course
  • Guest speakers from industry
  • Access to SAIT Polytechnic resources for job search and career management

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark of 6 or higher
  • Be a landed immigrant
  • Require English training to secure employment
  • Be prepared to submit a resumé

Dates: To be determined.

To apply, email your resumé to pamela.heath@sait.ca. For more information call 403.284.8798.

ENGL 119 - Employment Preparation

ENGL 119 - Employment Preparation is a four-week employment skills course aimed at easing second language learners into the Canadian workplace. Topics include resumé and cover letter writing, job interview preparation, participating in business meetings and delivering a business presentation. Students enjoy hands-on practice, role play, detailed evaluation and peer feedback.

Prerequisites: CLBA 7

Course dates: To be determined.

For more information, please call 403.210.4045 or email english.language@sait.ca.

ENGL 121 - English for Canadian Communication

ENGL 121 - English for Canadian Communication is a course focused on skills needed for Canadian interpersonal and organizational culture. Students are ESL speakers who wish to gain certain skills to come with work life in Canada, focusing on aspects involving:

  • Understanding conflict and how to respond to it
  • Participating effectively in groups
  • Receiving and responding to negative and positive feedback
  • Dealing with difficult personality traits
  • Build awareness of cultural norms, assumption and expectations within a Canadian workplace setting
  • Apply occupation-related content and context to assist in language development

Prerequisites: CLBA 7

Course dates: To be determined.

For more information, please call 403.210.4045 or email english.language@sait.ca