CONNECT 2018 – Connecting Immigrants to a Career Path in Skilled Trades

The South Okanagan | Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership (SOSLIP) continues to work at building capacity in our communities for welcoming and integrating immigrants.  This spring the organization’s focus is to bring awareness to career options in skilled trades. 

“Many countries don’t offer apprenticeship programs” comments LIP Co-Chair Doug Holmes.  “We want to expose newcomers to the benefits of these thriving careers in trades and to the current demand employers are experiencing.”

This April LIP, in partnership with South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS), offered an Introduction to Trades workshop.  The Dean of Trades at Okanagan College, Steve Moores, presented the workshop to twenty immigrants.  Last week a group of immigrants rode along on a guided industry tour.   The group visited Greyback Construction’s development site of Skaha Hills, viewed manufacturing at Unit Electrical Engineering in OK Falls, toured an indoor building environment at Metric Modular and finished with a stop at the Okanagan College training facility.  

These activities are building momentum to LIP’s upcoming CONNECT 2018 Forum.   CONNECT 2018 is a full day event to be held on June 9th at Okanagan College.  Immigrants will enjoy panel presentations from industry leaders, breakout sessions with employers, hear success stories from immigrants currently working in trades, and a have bit of fun with “thrivor” games.

“To help deliver the message that trades go beyond being a survivor job, but rather offer thriving career options, we thought we would incorporate some hands on fun with Thrivor Games” adds LIP Co-Chair Petra Veintimilla.  “The forum will be both educational and entertaining”.

Immigrants can register for CONNECT 2018 by visiting our website  and follow us on Facebook at

Right Choice.  Right Time.


For more information contact:
Nora Hunt-Haft
South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services
(250) 492-6299