Program Structure

IEP Foundations Program

The new Bridge to Employment IEP Foundations program (a Canadian Workplace Foundations Program for newcomers) is set to begin in August 2020.   Intake to the program will start in mid-May 2020.

The program will include: 

Jumpstart to Success

Jumpstart to Success – Orientation and Language Preparation

Each participant admitted will first complete an orientation session and the one month eight-session workplace language preparation program, delivered by York ESL Instructors.  Students will be evaluated on English language skills and commitment to the program (attendance, participation, completion and adherence to assignment deadlines, etc.)  Performance in this Jumpstart to Success course will determine if participants continue in our Bridging Program Foundation skills courses.

Those who successfully complete the course will be invited to continue with the program i.e. the Foundations and Specialized Skills courses.

Canadian Workplace Foundation Courses

Canadian Workplace Foundation Courses  

Upon successful completion of the Jumpstart to Success phase, all IEP candidates in the program can take Canadian Workplace Foundation courses focused on the Canadian business and workplace environment.  These University level courses offer participants a chance to gain knowledge and skills in professional communication in the workplace, leadership, management, law or IT skills within the Canadian context.

Business Professionals complete the below Professional Communication course and select one of the 2 foundation courses below for a total of 6 credits:

  • Professional Communication in the Canadian Context - ADMS 3015

Select one:

  • Canadian Business Culture and Management Skills - ADMS 3020
  • Fundamentals of Canadian Business Law and Ethics - ADMS 3060

IT Professionals complete the following 2 foundation courses for a total of 6 credits:

  • Professional Communication in the Canadian Context - ADMS 3015
  • Object Oriented Programming for Internationally Educated Professionals - ITEC 2615

This program is part-time – one course runs 1 day a week for 3 hours and is typically held from 7-10 pm, students in the Foundation program will be attending 2 courses during the Fall Term. For each 3-hour class, the anticipated homework, group work, and general class preparation workload outside of school is an additional 3 to 9 hours per week.

English Language and Career Supports

English Language and Career Supports:

Alongside the University course program, students are provided with resources and support to assist in their language, job search and career planning - including access to career coaching, University events with employers and referrals to Community employment services, internship and mentorship programs.

  • Saturday Language Drop-In Classes (16 weeks)
  • Group Career Coaching
  • Access to York University Career and Volunteer Fairs
  • Referrals to community employment supports

Professional Skills Specialized Course (Optional)

Professional Skills Specialized Course (Optional):

After the completion of the required Foundation courses in the Fall Term, students can choose to either complete the program or request the option of taking one specialized course in the Winter Term. These courses vary based on your professional area.  When accepted into the program, we can provide more information and assist you in selecting courses related to your area of focus.  You can view some samples of courses available here:

IEP Professional Certificate Program

Currently we are not intaking for the IEP Certificate Program, we hope to post news of the next intake in 2021.

Program components include:

Jumpstart to Success

Each participant admitted will first complete an orientation session and then the language preparation program, delivered by York ESL Instructors.  Students will be evaluated on English language skills and commitment to the program (attendance, participation, completion and adherence to assignment deadlines, etc.).  Performance in this Jumpstart to Success course will determine if participants continue in our Bridging Program.

Phase I: Foundation Skills

All IEP candidates in the program are exposed to the Canadian business and cultural landscape through Foundation Courses. They leave the program with a full understanding and practice of teamwork, cross-cultural problem solving, communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, leadership and management skills within the Canadian context.

Business Professionals complete the following 3 foundation courses for a total of 9 credits:

  • Professional Communication in the Canadian Context - ADMS 3015
  • Canadian Business Culture and Management Skills - ADMS 3020
  • Fundamentals of Canadian Business Law and Ethics - ADMS 3060

IT Professionals complete the following 3 foundation courses for a total of 9 credits:

  • Professional Communication in the Canadian Context - ADMS 3015
  • Canadian Business Culture and Management Skills - ADMS 3020
  • Object Oriented Programming for Internationally Educated Professionals - ITEC 2615

Phase II: Specialized Skills

Earn up to 15-credits (5 courses) of York University upper-level coursework in your professional area of focus:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • management
  • marketing
  • public administration
  • information technology

This program is part-time so students are only expected to complete 2 courses per term to be admitted, however students wishing to finish the program faster may take 3 or 4 courses per term after their first term is complete.  One 3-credit class typically runs 1 day a week for 3 hours, most courses are held from 7-10 pm. For each 3 hour class, the anticipated homework, group work, and general class preparation workload outside of school is an additional 3 to 9 hours per week.

Alongside the academic program, students are provided with resources and support to assist in their job search and career planning - including access to career coaching, workshops on job search, program events with employers and employment services and referrals to internship and mentorship programs.