Women IT Teleworkers (WITT) is the latest in a series of programs developed by the International Talent Acquisition Centre (In-TAC). Funding from the City of Ottawa in the spring of 2020 was the kickstarter to get WITT into operation. WITT has a unique guiding principle to connect tech company employers with immigrant women who already have international training and experience in IT and prefer to work from home.
In-TAC was created more than 10 years ago to be the lead organization for job oriented programs running under the umbrella of the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC). In-TAC is Ottawa’s premier digital platform to link the global talent pool with employers in Ottawa. In-TAC operates Canada’s largest Virtual Career Expo and Job Fair.
The Career Expo gave us plenty of experience in working with immigrant women seeking employment in Canada. Our job placements average annual salary is $55,000.
In addition, we operated the Cultural Understanding and Empowering Women in IT (CueWIT) program that taught new immigrants with IT skills about being a better citizen and being a better employee.
For more than 45 years the OCCSC has been helping immigrants of all kinds find a new life in Ottawa by providing a wide range of resources from housing, language training, childcare and much more.
This family of operations are all non-profit, social enterprises.
The hunt for tech talent is the top priority for many of Canada’s technology firms. The world’s workers and employers plunged into the Work From Home (WFH) experience because of COVID-19 in 2020. The change exposed everyone to the benefits and challenges of working from home.
WITT seeks to enable employers to fill their talent needs. Employers can post the jobs they have available and we connect them with the skilled women IT workers who were trained internationally and have gained solid experience. Adding to this is the fact that many women prefer to work from home and that can save companies thousands of dollars. WITT also reviews all those seeking work to confirm their skills and their work record. By hiring immigrant women a company improves its diversity in terms of both race and gender.
Studies have shown that immigrant women have the most difficult time of any group in finding proper employment when they come to Canada. We offer them a chance to list their skills on our Web site and we then connect the women to jobs posted by employers. Before the discussions begin about a job, WITT offers training to improve work from home skills. Training covers areas such as emotional intelligence about working on your own and how to be an effective part of a virtual team. The training helps ensure the workers are set to succeed.
We also offer the opportunity for any consultants or freelance talent, from anywhere, to post their job skills and seek short term contracts.