Thursday, June 23, 2011

Putting safety first with language training

The ABCs of safety

Clear and effective communication is critical for employees in safety-sensitive jobs, says Lesley MacDonald, Manager of Diversity and Top Employer Strategy at BC Hydro. With more and more skilled talent coming from outside Canada, BC Hydro offers occupation-specific language training for employees who have identified their language skills as a barrier to communicating effectively with team members.
To make language training as successful as possible, MacDonald has the following tips:
  • Provide employees with opportunities to practise what they have learned in language classes to maintain and build their new skills.
  • Integrate language and cross-cultural communication training into the organization’s larger strategic context.
Learn more about BC Hydro’s language and cross-cultural communication training programs in this Success Story.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Top 10 Ways to Get Canadian Experience

Came across this article through a LinkedIn group post, and even if it was posted in 2007, I find it full of good advice. Check it here. As well, Start Here, and don't forget... "If you keep trying, good things will come. You can do it and you will do it."