A research project designed to identify retention challenges faced by international students has received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The $19,700 grant was received as part of a joint presentation from the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the County of Lambton, the Sarnia Lambton Local Immigration Partnership, Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board, and YMCA Immigration Services.
A ceremony acknowledging the project was held last Friday, with local MPP Bob Bailey in attendance.
“I look forward to seeing the positive results of this valuable research project,” said Bailey.
The project also explored hiring practices of local businesses, with a goal of identifying additional challenges and opportunities to economic diversity, gaps in the skill sets of candidates, as well as succession planning and entrepreneurship.
Organizers extended a special thank you to Lambton College for the support received in connecting international students with project researchers.