A renowned Okanagan language school has partnered with industry leaders to present programs that benefit both employee-hungry companies and domestic and international students seeking rewarding careers.
Established in 2002, International Gateway Kelowna continues to offer award-winning ESL courses and specialized English programs, as well as college diploma and certificate programs.
“As employers struggle to recruit and retain staff, IGK is trying to help fill that need,” Blaine Melnyk, Director of Marketing and Recruitment said in an interview.
Career programs provide hands-on training in courses lasting from six months to over a year.
Paid co-op placements with IGK business partners and college transfer credits are also available.
IGK works closely with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and welcomes the opportunity to expand cooperation with chambers in other Okanagan cities and towns.
Students receive training in their area of interest while earning a co-op salary and have a high likelihood of a job awaiting them upon graduation.
Career colleges can quickly adapt to market needs and partner with industry leaders to develop programs that provide them with well-trained staff.
In addition to paid cooperation opportunities, IGK offers scholarships to local students, which helps make the price of professional training affordable.
To be eligible, local students must apply and be accepted by July 1, 2022.
These courses are a great way for young graduates, those who wish to change professional careers or re-enter the labor market or those who, within a company, are looking for specific training to acquire practical knowledge, explained Melnyk.
Students with a sense of connecting with people may wish to enroll in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate, while those wishing to work alongside master winemakers may find the Winery Assistant and attractive sale.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Playtime Casino and BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery as well as Royal Anne Hotel and Predator Ridge Resort are among the
companies working with IGK on these certificate programs.
Certificate programs are also offered in User Interface Design for students interested in careers in mobile, voice, and web design and in User Experience Design for those interested in working in product and interaction design. .
The Cryptocurrency Professional Certificate provides the necessary foundation for blockchain applications, trade and investment, security practices, and smart contracts in the field of cryptocurrencies.
For students interested in careers in accounting, commerce, and marketing, the Business Administration degree provides a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in several related specialist areas.
Computer security analyst, systems security analyst, and security administrator careers await students who complete the cybersecurity degree program.
Over the past two decades, IGK has created an extensive network of international recruitment agents and immigration consultants.
Through this network, IGK works effectively with International Experience Canada offered by the Canadian government to secure work placements for individuals wishing to immigrate to Canada or Canadian residents seeking work abroad.
“We receive requests from many international agents who have clients wishing to come to Canada. They first do an intensive English study program with us and then go to an employer for the next year or, in some cases, up to two years,” Melnyk said.
A group from Switzerland is currently completing the language program and will soon be employed.
IGK’s English language programs include those for general, business and academic needs, to meet language proficiency requirements and to prepare for college.
Programs for young students include ESL winter and summer camps that combine learning with outdoor fun.
For more information, visit www.igcanada.com or contact Melnyk at: [email protected] or 250-868-4827.