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First Job in Canada

January 16, 2023

By WorkBC Langley

Oleksii arrived from the Ukraine in June 2022. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was employed as a Medical Sales Representative before having to flee the war.

Oleksii has very limited English skills and, of course, no Canadian experience. He came to WorkBC Langley seeking assistance with his resume, job search and making connections with employers. He completed a Job Search workshop series as well as First Aid Training. He was then referred to a Russian / Ukrainian speaking Employment Placement Specialist (EPS) who identified and connected with several companies where Oleksii might use his customer service skills and improve his English skills.

After multiple interviews with different employers and for different positions, Oleksii was offered a job at KMS Tools and Equipment as an Inside Sales Specialist. With the assistance of the EPS, the employer access the Wage Subsidy Program in order to provide Oleksii on the job training and support while he gains experience.

Oleksii started this job on September 30th, 2022. He is very happy and very grateful for the support he received from the staff at WorkBC Langley.

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