In a recent article ‘Are we really in the middle of a “war for talent”?’ published by TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council), Adwoa Buahene questions whether there is really a scarcity of suitable workers or is it that the systemic barriers in recruitment practices mean we overlook suitable candidates?
According to a report by RBE Economics “the future depends on better integration of diverse workers. There are large groups of underutilized people who could join the workforce or be more fully employed. Youth and immigrants could be better integrated and offered more opportunities.”
Buahene states, “that if hiring processes are not inclusive; these candidates will never get discovered … and steps need to happen at every touchpoint along the process from writing the posting, to advertising, to assessing resumes and interviewing to ensure the hiring committee takes an equitable approach. Initiatives such as those that address hiring bias ensure that international credentials are not discounted, and ensure the posting is disseminated beyond the “usual” networks, are critical.”
Kaleidoscope Initiative(KI) delivers the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program(KMP) which has been created in consultation with TRIEC, to help migrants who are unemployed or under-employed to improve their employment potential and become recognised in the recruitment process. KI also works with employers to assist them to harness the rewards that a diverse and inclusive workforce offers.