Sunday, February 26, 2017

Careers and Career Training in Canada

In Canada there are four large umbrella terms used to describe careers - professions, technical careers, trades and the unskilled.

Most professions require a university education and professional certification process. Examples are doctors, nurses engineers, architects, dentists, teachers, accountants and lawyers. Canada has a fine selection of University professional career training programs with Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate Degrees and Post-Doctorate degrees. Link to the Canadian university list

Most technical careers require a university education or community college diploma and professional certification process. Examples are x-ray technitions, network analyst, lab technition, CADD design. There are some excellent college programs that offer two or three year diploma and certificate programs that are the finest college programs in the world. Link to the Canadian College list

Most trades or vocational training programs require a community college diploma or career college certificate and trade or vocational certification. There are over 1000 career training programs (see some examples below) that prepare students for well-paying jobs in Canada, the USA and other countries throughout the world. These programs offer instruction from industry professionals that offer true industry experience, current techniques and may include work study cooperative placements. Go to http://www.eslincanada.com/english/careers.php for additional info

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Careers and Career Training in Canada

Business Administration Career Training

This is a module program designed for international students to study for 6 to 10 months and complete a 6 to 10 month work experience program. Topics include: Introduction to Management, International Business, Managerial Communications, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Management, Strategic Analysis, Financial Management, Managerial Accounting, Business Law.

ESL in Canada provides access to this program, work and study visas, work and job preparation skills. Link to Business Administration Career Training

Customer Service Training Programs

This program will prepare you for success in workplaces driven by customer relationships, providing a pathway to work in organizations such as restaurants, hotels, motels, clubs, pubs, cafes, coffee shops and retail stores. With this qualification, students will be able to specialize in areas such as accommodation services, food and beverage and retail, or put their diverse skills to support the needs of small businesses. Students will learn effective communication skills, how to manage conflict and handle customer complaints, how to work in a team, and how to build product and service knowledge in order to provide relevant information to customers.

This is a module program designed for international students to study for 6 to 10 months and complete a 6 to 10 month work experience program. ESL in Canada provides access to this program, work and study visas, work and job preparation skills. Link to Customer Service Career Training

Teacher Training Programs

ESL Teacher Career Training information.

Link to the registration page for business career training programs

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ontario’s Private-College Grads NOT finding jobs

ESL in Canada will be researching PCC's to find the few diamonds in the sea of underperforming Ontario schools - contributions are welcome from employers, grads and teachers.

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Ontario’s private-college grads not finding jobs,
by Simona Chiose Education Reporter
The Globe and Mail Published

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/students-at-ontarios-private-colleges-not-finding-jobs-provincial-numbers-show/article30117401/

-Almost 40 per cent of the most highly rated private career colleges in Ontario appear to be failing to prepare students for the labour market, with a third of graduates at 58 out of 159

- The Globe’s analysis shows that the expensive fees are often a poor investment. Along with the high number of students who could not find any work, an even smaller number found jobs in the area they studied. Overall, less than half of employed students were working in their field of study. At some campuses of the CDI College, for example, only 34 per cent of grads had related employment.

- At public colleges, 80 per cent of grads say their work closely matches their education. And roughly 84 per cent of graduates in the public college sector also find work after they graduate. The relatively poor outcomes in the private college sector have led many to call for tighter control over the schools.
 
For excellent independent career consultants with options for career or public colleges go to:
 
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly compared the general employment rate of publicly funded community colleges to the employment rate for private career colleges graduates in their field of study. In fact, the general employment rate six months after graduation is 83.4 per cent for public community colleges versus 71.2 per cent for private career colleges. In addition, the article said private colleges charge fees between $10,000 and more than $20,000 a year. There are some full year courses which charge less. This version has been corrected.

Quality of education at Ontario’s private career colleges questioned Last updated Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2016 

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Ontario Private Career Colleges: An Exploratory Analysis
Roger Pizarro Milian and Martin Hicks,
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

In terms of performance measures, Ontario publishes student loan repayment default rates for PCCs, which are higher (21%) than the default rates for public institutions (13% for colleges, 5% for universities). The province is just beginning to collect a list of performance metrics for PCCs comparable to those collected for public colleges: graduation rates, graduate employment rates, graduate and employer satisfaction.

http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/PCC%20ENG.pdf

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Complaints about career colleges emerge
by: Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press

http://www.macleans.ca/education/uniandcollege/complaints-about-career-colleges-emerge/

The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press through a freedom of information request, outline 47 formal complaints made by students to Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in 2010 and 2011.  There were complaints alleging incompetent, unprofessional teachers at Everest, Evergreen and the Canadian Business College.

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Too Cool for School Too

 https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Resources/Reports/2013-2014-Annual-Report.aspx#Too_Cool_for_School_and_Too_Cool_for_School_Too___Private_career_colleges_and_colleges_of_applied_arts_and_technology

The Ministry’s Private Career Colleges Branch has oversight of all registered private career colleges in Ontario and is also responsible for enforcement action against unregistered private career colleges. We received 15 complaints from private career college students and operators in 2013-2014 (down slightly from last year’s 19).

In a case similar to that featured in Too Cool for School Too, students in a heating, refrigeration and air conditioning program complained that the program was not certified by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), and without that certification, their job prospects would be limited upon graduation.

Ombudsman staff are reviewing the Ministry’s role in approving such programs and what steps it has taken to respond to the Ombudsman’s recommendations since his 2009 report. At that time, the Ombudsman said the Ministry had “abdicated” its responsibility to ensure college programs met its standards, and called its response to his report “disappointing.”

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Private career colleges are under-regulated in Ontario

http://www.competeprosper.ca/blog/private_career_colleges_are_under_regulated_in_Ontario

PCCs benefit from provincially funded job retraining programs and student loans as they receive indirect provincial funding through employment training programs and student loans. In 2012-2013, $231 million was distributed to 15,787 students in 167 private institutions. Considering the high Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) default loan rate for PCCs (amounting to 18.8 percent in 2013), the province's loans are becoming an indirect subsidy to these private businesses.

Complaints of a lack of proper equipment, inadequate instructors, and a failure to deliver the promised number of training hours are common among former and current students of PCCs.

The province, not private institutions, needs to provide educational programs that prepare students for the job market. The Institute strongly encourages the province to consider incorporating vocational training offered by PCCs into the public system, mainly via community colleges. This will ensure higher academic standards are set and that students rights’ are protected. The role of PCCs should be limited to providing hobby courses and short seminars.

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Hard lessons: Newcomers and Ontario Private Colleges

http://www.torontolip.com/Portals/0/Resources/Education/Hard%20Lessons%20-%20Toolkit.pdf

A number of key informants complained that PCC standards of instruction, curriculum and facilities were poor in many instances and that placement or practicum opportunities appeared either non-existent or inadequate.

Newcomer students, with poor English skills are being are aggressively recruited and admitted into private colleges despite their language assessment results. The success of placements depends on many factors, including job readiness, soft skills and English language skills.

Some employers don’t recognize Private College diplomas as equivalent to Community College diplomas or report that graduates are not job ready.

Some interviewees mentioned that sometimes the employer does not recognize the name of the private college and so the quality of the certificate is unknown. Others reported having a bad experience with a private college graduate and may then generalize other students from the same college.

Some regulatory bodies don’t recognize the Private College diploma because it does not meet their standards, such as number of hours of instruction.

Most of the interviewees stated that their clients who attended community colleges have better employment outcomes than those who attended private colleges. For those programs that are offered by both community colleges and private colleges – the community college graduates were able to find jobs faster. One interviewee stated that none of her clients that attended a private college were able to secure employment.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Business Career Training Programs

There are over 1000 career training programs that prepare students for well paying jobs in Ontario, Canada, the USA and other English-speaking countries throughout the world. These programs offer instruction from industry professionals that offer true industry experience, current techniques and may include work study cooperative placements.

Business Administration Training

There are certificates for 8, 16, 26 and 40 week programs. International students must demonstrate an Advanced level of English with our online written test and arranged speaking interview.

Introduction to Management
This course introduces students to the concept of management by exploring the roles and functions of managers in a business environment. The purpose of the course is to enhance the students' understanding of the elements of the management processes of planning, organizing, directing and controlling organizational activities. The course is designed to build a foundation of knowledge needed in future management courses.

Business Law
The course provides students with an overview of business law and an understanding of basic legal terminology. Since contracts form the heart of business operations, a significant portion of the course is dedicated to contract law and various legal issues arising from contract disputes. Class topics and discussions will draw on examples from current news media reports on legal cases. Knowledge of the court system includes field trips to the law courts when court schedules permit.

Managerial Accounting
This course introduces the student to the theory, principles and applications of fundamental business accounting. The course begins by introducing the student to the standard, time honoured accounting principles. The course will advance to apply accounting principles to specific financial statements, and detailed accounting transactions. The course finishes by familiarizing the student with the skills necessary to efficiently classify relevant business accounts culminating in the completion of the basic accounting cycle.

Financial Management
This introductory course is designed to expose students to financial issues and concerns of general managers in modern business. Focusing on how to use financial management to make decisions, this course provides students with all of the practical skills needed to succeed in business. Content includes examples of how Canadian companies adapted financial policies to recent financial crisis; as well as coverage of such topics as break-even analysis, shareholder value and financial statements.

Strategic Analysis
This course is designed to expose students to the issues and concerns of general managers in modern business. The course content builds on foundation concepts from the Introduction to Management course. Using case studies, students will analyze corporate strategies focusing on opportunities and problems in the context of the external and internal environments of companies. Important element of the analysis is how managers make strategic decisions for the success of the organization.

Human Resources Management
This course introduces theory, principles and applications of human resources from a managerial perspective. Operational issues such as HR planning, recruiting, job analysis, performance management and employee development, are some of the practical issues covered. The course ends with a look at international issues in HR management for companies operating in the global environment.

Organizational Behaviour
This course introduces students to the concepts of organizational behaviour and their application in today’s business environments. Students will develop insights into how the behaviour of individuals and groups impact on the organization. Further, they will learn to apply the theories and concepts to develop effective managerial competencies in such areas as teamwork, motivation, decision making and leadership.

Managerial Communications
The ability to communicate well is an essential requirement for all employees of an organization. In this course we explore the importance of communication in business and cross-cultural environments; students also compose various forms of written communication and prepare and deliver a formal business presentation.

International Business
This course introduces students to globalization and to the value-adding activities of businesses in the current global economy. First we discuss the impact of national cultures on doing business globally. In addition, we examine the external forces that impact businesses, international organizations, legal and labor forces in the global context. Further, the course touches on strategic alliances and the impact of rapid environmental changes on strategic planning for international business.

Marketing
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to marketing concepts and terminology. It examines the importance of marketing within organizations and society in general. Students will study the major components of a marketing plan, the marketing mix and consumer relationships. They will learn how to address the basic needs of companies in planning, developing, and managing products, distribution channels, promotion and pricing.

Email for additional info: eslincanada (at) gmail (dot) com

Link to the registration page for business career training programs

ESL in Canada offers free initial counselling for professional career training, technical career training and trade or vocational training programs. Link to additional ESL in Canada Education Consulting Services

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Career Training in Canada Directory Page

In Canada there are four large umbrella terms used to describe careers - professions, technical careers, trades and unskilled.

Most professions require a university education and professional certification process. Examples are doctors, nurses engineers, architects, dentists, teachers, accountants and lawyers. Canada has a fine selection of University professional career training programs with Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate Degrees and Post-Doctorate degrees. Link to the Canadian university list

Most technical careers require a university education or community college diploma and professional certification process. Examples are x-ray technitions, network analyst, lab technition, CADD design. There are some excellent college programs that offer two or three year diploma and certificate programs that are the finest college programs in the world. Link to the Canadian College list

ESL in Canada offers free initial counselling for professional career training, technical career training and trade or vocational training programs. Link to additional Education Consulting Services

Most trades or vocational training programs require a community college diploma or career college certificate and trade or vocational certification. There are over 1000 career training programs (see some examples below) that prepare students for well-paying jobs in Canada, the USA and other countries throughout the world. These programs offer instruction from industry professionals that offer true industry experience, current techniques and may include work study cooperative placements.
If you are interested in a Police Career or Police Career training information go to our new police careers page.
If you are interested in an ESL Teacher Career Training program go to our TESL Training careers page.
Link to additional Ontario career training locations and programs
Link to the career training registration forms