Request for Proposal – Employment Workshop Developer


The CARE Centre is a bridge training initiative designed to provide supports and services to internationally educated nurses (IENs) living in Ontario so that they can practice and excel in their profession in the shortest time possible. Funded primarily through the Provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the CARE Centre is a multi-partner initiative which develops, coordinates, and delivers flexible, client-focused education and support services such as: job shadowing, exam preparation activities, counselling, orientation to nursing in Ontario and sector-specific language training.

We are seeking a seasoned professional to develop an employment skills workshop focused on meeting the specific needs of CARE members in seeking and securing appropriate positions within the field of nursing in Ontario. Specifically, this role will require the creation of an
individual or series of workshops designed to assist IENs in preparing to enter the job market in Ontario. This is a short term project with primary responsibility for creating workshop materials that can be delivered internally by CARE staff members, or easily transported for delivery through an external partner/service provider.

The primary functions of this role will include:

  • Assessment of the unique needs of newcomer nurses as well as a review of existing services available in the market
  • Development of workshop material including facilitator guide and participant handouts.
  • Conducting labour market research in each region CARE is located to identify primary employers and individual hiring practices.
  • Creating an online resource bank which will highlight the data mined through the labour market research.


This position will report directly to the Regional Manager, West and the Executive Director as needed and will be responsible for:

  • Workshop Development – a focused, occupation specific workshop designed to support nurses in securing employment in Ontario. Topics covered may include, but not be limited to, Introduction to the Canadian workplace, accessing the nursing market in Ontario – options and expectations, effective resume writing for health care settings, interviewing skills – for Canadian job market and in health care setting, managing expectations in a challenging job market.
  • Labour Market Research – establish an online database identifying major employers across Ontario along with their hiring practices/polices, key contacts, hiring trends over the past six months and projection for next six months. Overall market trends, issues
    and gaps will also be identified.

The successful candidate will be a self starter with a high energy level and strong industry and functional knowledge. They will be flexible, adaptable and resourceful, and not dependent on structure and established processes. Addition requirements include:

  • A keen understanding of the barriers faced by IENs in Ontario, particularly related to employment.
  • Experience in, and understanding of, nursing recruitment in the Ontario health care system.
  • The ability to quickly establish credibility with CARE staff and partners.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and meet tight timelines.
  • Sound knowledge of current labour market trends in Ontario.
  • Good facilitation skills and able to present professionally and knowledgeably in a variety of settings.

Please send an outline of how your experience has prepared you for this project along with a detailed project outline including a budget by Wednesday November 9, 2011 to: The CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 512, Toronto, ON M2N 5W9 Attention Hiring Committee or email Post navigation