Language funding to boost employability of South Okanagan immigrants

The B.C. government and South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services announced funding for a partnership aimed at boosting English skills to the region's newcomers seeking work in the medical field.

PENTICTON - Newcomers to the South Okanagan who are seeking work in health services will be provided some assistance in getting a grasp on the English language through a B.C. government initiative.

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training is providing $45,231 towards a medical English training program for new immigrants, the B.C. government announced in a media release today, Dec. 10.

The program will be run by the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services. It will assist new immigrants in overcoming language barriers they might run into when seeking employment in the health care field, according to the release.

“We want to give new residents of the South Okanagan the support they need to settle into their new home and find in-demand jobs in our health care facilities,” Penticton MLA Dan Ashton says in the release.

The medical English course is intended to help newcomers achieve enough proficiency in English they will be able to take college-level courses in medical training for such positions as Health Care Aide, Medical Office Assistant and Pharmacy Technician.

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