Numerous Business Recruiters Attend First-Ever Employer Open House

The Vancouver Northeast Employment Services Centre (NEESC) was filled with nearly 50 employers from a wide variety of businesses on October 21. Recruiters from manufacturing, caregiving, security and other organizations attended the Employer Open House in order to network and learn more about MOSAIC and its partners.It was the first time the event had been hosted, and organizers were pleased with the turnout. “The Open House was a great way to connect with employers and share more about how we can work with them to make their organizations and our clients successful.  We are aware of our responsibilities to create a bridge between our employment partners and the thousands of clients we serve,” Abraham Asrat, manager of Employment Relations, explained.Many of the employers, such as Donna Chan of BMO, had already worked with NEESC staff members in the past and wanted the chance to meet with them face-to-face. Other employers who had never worked with MOSAIC before were interested in learning about how the organization could connect them with employees.The event featured several speakers who gave brief presentations. Lianne Stooshnoff, manager of NEESC, provided background on MOSAIC and Work BC, and reminded employers of their opportunity to “learn a little more about the specialized services” partner organizations offer.The representatives from partner organizations were Sandra Degraaf of Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Rosie Forth of Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, Tracy Hallam of Back in Motion and Brandon Stiles of ACCESS. Each briefly spoke about the programs and services their organizations provide to specific communities – including First Nations, people with disabilities and youth.Rufus Yeung, MOSAIC’s Coordinator of Case Management, also presented, explaining what case managers do for clients while describing some of the programs employers might find beneficial. Those included the Unpaid Work Experience program and Waste Subsidy program, which involve employers paying reduced wages or no wages to a client in exchange for providing job training and experience.One such employer who utilized those programs is Helen Loshny of Empower Health Clinic. She connected with NEESC a few months ago to hire an unpaid worker for an 8-week program. While her clinic received “help at a time we needed it,” the employee was able to gain experience in a busy work environment.Ivy Leong, an employer from Fresh Direct Produce, also addressed the assembled guests and staff. She has worked with MOSAIC and Work BC in numerous capacities over the past several years, including attending job fairs, serving as a mentor to clients, and using a MOSAIC tutor to teach her employees better English. Leong praised MOSAIC, saying, “My experience working with them has been absolutely fantastic.”Mary Salvino of Swissport enthusiastically shared her opinion that MOSAIC has done “an outstanding job” with organizing its job fairs, as “the calibre of candidates I’ve been able to employ is great.”This sentiment was echoed by many of the employers present, including Marc-Antoine Cuerrier of True North Labour, who said that he was so impressed by the quality of candidates at a recent MOSAIC job fair that he hired 5 new employees right on the spot.Many employers had a wide variety of both skilled and unskilled positions available, including Milagros Chu of Edgewater Casino who said her business is looking to hire human resources, food and drink service, financing, marketing and other employees.Many attendees found the event informative and helpful while organizers said they believe the open house was an overall success.For Employers that wish to connect with great candidates, and find out more about services available to businesses, please contact: employer@mosaicbc.org.