Scarborough, ON (June 17, 2014) – On June 16, The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) hosted #worldforce Day – a unique and innovative one-day conference to provide Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) with an opportunity to explore careers in health care.
#worldforce Day was developed as part of Code: Career – a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind career program launched by TSH earlier this year. The #worldforce Day component establishes vital connections among the hospital, skilled professionals in the Scarborough community and post-secondary academic institutions. These links will not only support skilled professionals along their career paths, but also cultivate meaningful opportunities for building future capacity at the hospital and enhancing employee engagement.
“Our vision at TSH is to provide the best health care for our global community, and that means having the best people on our team,” says Rhonda Lewis, Vice-President, Human Resources and Patient Relations. “Through our Code: Career program we provide full and comprehensive career support to students, volunteers and current and future staff. Now through #worldforce Day, we are bringing Internationally Educated Professionals together to help them connect their skills with opportunities and re-enter their profession.”
The conference included a panel discussion and strategy sessions to help participants gain insight into the employment process and the multitude of careers TSH has to offer.
“When I moved to Canada in 2011, the hardest thing for me was to find a job,” says Filipina Mejia, a professionally trained physiotherapist. “This event was a great opportunity for networking, strategizing and receiving education into the careers available in health care. I’m looking forward to getting back to my work – my passion.”
There were also presentations by HealthForceOntario and Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), as well as hospital tours based on areas of interest that included clinical, administrative and support services.
“Skilled immigrants continue to face challenges connecting to meaningful employment aligned with their education, skills and work experience,” says Rodel Imbarlina-Ramos, Manager, Workplace Business Development, TRIEC. “Our goal is to accelerate their integration by working primarily with employers for training, mentoring and the sharing of best practices. We’re pleased to work with The Scarborough Hospital on #worldforce to help it build a diverse talent pipeline to better serve its multi-cultural community.”