Your decision to go back to school is a step in the right direction. Whether it be a bridging program, postgraduate studies, or training courses to hone your skills, it is a decision that you will not regret. In the competitive Canadian job market, upgrading your skills and knowledge continuously helps you stay marketable and promotable. It can even be a way to expand your network, gain a new understanding of your field, or explore new interests.
In the competitive Canadian job market, upgrading your skills and knowledge continuously helps you stay marketable and promotable.
The good news is that there are many support programs in Manitoba related to education and training, especially for newcomers to the province. Whether you are still looking for work or are already employed, these programs will encourage you to explore the many opportunities to train or study.
The following are helpful links and resources that will lead you to information about support programs, various courses, institutions of higher learning, and other related topics to help you in your journey to continuing education:
- SEED Manitoba Recognition Counts project – This program offers financial counselling and an opportunity to avail of a loan of up to $10,000 to help with the costs of having your qualifications recognized in Manitoba. To know more about the SEED project, watch the following videos:
Recognition Counts Immigrant Fund launches in Winnipeg
Recognition Counts – Supporting our newcomers
Other funding programs:
- Manitoba Student Aid.
- Employment Manitoba has programs that provide assistance for better employment opportunities. You can check out whether Skills Development Assistance, the Professional Immigration Pilot Project, Trade Up to your Future or Apprenticeship Assistance is appropriate for you.
- CanLearn.ca – for information on Continuing Education and options for paying for school.
- Education and training benefits
- Manitoba Nurses Union Continuing Education funds.
- Don’t rely on hearsay from family or friends. Stay up-to-date with the developments on all matters regarding licensing and professional regulations for internationally-educated professionals by visiting the Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner.
- A list of Colleges and Universities offering postgraduate and bridging programs from the Prepare for Canada site.
- Red River College Continuing Education – Part-time courses and programs.
- There are supports and services for those interested in a career in the trades in Manitoba.
- Manitoba Start also has various occupation-specific workshops and skills trainings, such as computer refreshers, Toastmasters Club (public speaking) or First Aid/CPR training.
- Workplace Education Manitoba’s WEST Centres and Essential Skills Manitoba, Inc. offer essential skills assessments, help in creating your personal essential skills learning plan, and provide learning opportunities for career/educational development.
- Success Skills Centre offers practicums, bridging programs, and skills training.
- For language courses, go to the article: Want to get ahead in the Canadian workplace? Be a lifelong learner! or Language training programs in Manitoba
- Read the experiences of newcomers who have successfully achieved their licensure from our Qualifications Recognition section.
- Learn about soft skills and how they relate to being employable in Canada.
- Here’s a video on the value of continuous learning: “Develop the habit of lifelong learning for professional development” by Brian Tracy:
Planning on going back to school? Here are resources to back you up
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