27 Immigrant and Refugee Youth Launch into Workforce

27 immigrant and refugee youth from Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John will be graduating from four months of training, as part of a one-year employability program called “Skills Launch”.  The program was developed by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council and is co-funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick.  Following the graduation, participants will move into the workforce to apply their skills and launch their career path in New Brunswick.

Many of the youth arrived in New Brunswick during the last years of high school or in early adulthood and were unable to complete high school with a full diploma, due to language difficulties and gaps in education.  “This program will help bridge these young newcomers into career opportunities here in New Brunswick” said Mike Timani, President of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council.  “The youth will be working in areas that interest them such as electrician assistant, pharmacy technician, prep cook, practical nurse assistant, daycare worker, and many others” said Timani. The program aims to support all participants towards full-time employment or further education and training.

The Skills Launch program provided the youth with orientations in 3 key sectors that have labour shortages throughout the province, including: health and human services; hospitality and food service; and, construction and trades.   The program also provided career focused language; workplace essential skills; safety training; and coaching for personal wellness.

The graduation event will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 10:30am-12:00pm at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, NB.

“The graduation is sure to be a heart-warming experience and we are thrilled to be celebrating the hard work and drive of these young New Brunswickers,” says NBMC Executive Director, Alex LeBlanc. “We have seen amazing growth in the youth since the program began – their work ethic and optimism for the future is truly inspiring.”


When:            Friday, November 03 at 10:30 am
Where:          Multicultural Association of Fredericton