The following blog post was written by Anne O'Byrne a Mentoring Career Advisor at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
The Corporate Readiness Program (CRTP) is a full-time program for internationally educated professionals (IEPs) who are looking to start their career in Canada. CRTP combines job-related classroom instruction with a relevant six-week work experience placement. Numerous Calgary companies have become a CRTP host company by providing work experience for a participant. By offering this placement, host companies access highly educated and experienced potential employees and tap into diverse talent pools.
Trying to express our appreciation in an adequate manner for one of CRTP's top host companies, Userful Corporation, has proven somewhat difficult.
Userful Corporation has been a host company for CRTP since 2002, taking its first work placement participant who was a Technical Sales Assistant. Over the next 15 years, Userful has seen its share of internationally educated professionals who have been able to practice their skill sets, experience first-hand Canadian workplace culture, and enhance their linguistic proficiency and business communication.
Under the guidance and tutelage of Tim Griffin, CEO and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), numerous CRTP participants have had the opportunity to:
- attend an authentic job interview
- work in an occupation-related and diverse work environment
- receive feedback on their performance
- earn a Canadian professional reference
At Userful Corporation, the CRTP participants have gained valuable Canadian work experience and business contacts in the Canadian corporate environment while contributing their skills and expertise.
In Tim Griffin's words, “We’ve consistently been impressed by the quality of candidates from Bow Valley College. The well-organized program makes it easy to interview, evaluate, and hire professionals from their talent pool.”
To follow Leonardo da Vinci’s notion that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication", we would simply like to thank Tim Griffin of Userful Corporation for his continued support, loyalty, and strong connection with CRTP over these many years serving as a host company.
To learn more about how to become a CRTP host company, please visit the CRTP program online or call 403-410-3466.
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