Toronto - COSTI’s Centre for Internationally Trained Professionals & Tradespeople will hold its Annual Networking Event on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, to recognize the accomplishments of over 100 internationally trained professionals who have completed the program and have now found employment in their field of training.

The Centre for Internationally Trained Professionals & Tradespeople assists internationally trained professionals and tradespeople find work related to their skills or professions.  Often skilled workers from other countries have a great deal of difficulty finding work in occupations related to their background and become underemployed in positions that do not utilize their skills.  This service helps these people apply their skills and knowledge in the Canadian workforce in order to maximize their potential. The Centre for Internationally Trained Professionals & Tradespeople helps them to assess their professional backgrounds in relation to the Canadian labour market, to determine realistic occupations related to their background and to learn effective work search techniques to find appropriate work here.

The Centre for Internationally Trained Professionals and Tradespeople is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, and social services to new Canadians and all individuals in need of assistance. Since 1952, COSTI has been helping those in need, providing hope to refugee families, protecting women and children, strengthening families, combatting racism and discrimination, and assisting all those who function at a disadvantage in society. With a staff of over 300 people, speaking more than 60 languages, COSTI strives to ensure that all individuals, regardless of language, cultural, or financial barriers, are given the opportunity to use their existing skills, learn new ones, and participate in all aspects of Canadian life. COSTI presently provides support to over 49,000 individuals annually through 16 service locations.

DATE:
Wednesday, December 5, 1007

TIME:
6:00 pm

LOCATION:
COSTI Immigrant Services, 700 Caledonia Road