Check out our Connector Program!

The Connector Program grows networks and addresses workforce needs by connecting young emerging professionals with established professionals in the Truro Colchester area.

 

Our program is closely modeled after the Halifax Connector Program which began nearly a decade ago and is now replicated all across Canada and the United States. The Program uses an online platform to connect young emerging professionals, local and international graduates, and skill professionals with established professionals, business-owners, and community leaders in some of the region’s high-demand industries, including trades, healthcare, finance, engineering, and technology.

Through the program, emerging professionals (we call them "Connectees") have valuable skills and professional experience but lack an extensive professional network – so we match them with local Truro Colchester contacts (we call them "Connectors") in their field of interest.

 

The Connector and Connectee have a one-time, 30-minute meeting. Following their initial meeting, the Connector will introduce the Connectee to at least three individuals in the field, each of whom will similarly make a minimum of three introductions to prospective Connectors in their network. Simple, right?

The impact of the program is outstanding. To date, the Connector Program has engaged 3,400 Connectors with 5,000 Connectees, resulting in more than 1,800 jobs found by program participants. And that number continues to grow every year.

​This is your chance to grow our region, enhance your network and help somebody with their career.

 

Interested in participating? Contact our Program Manager, Matthew Berrigen

Become a Connector
Become a Connectee

Join the Connector Program and gain access to the global marketplace by getting in touch with this group of skilled workers in our community.

 

Who are Connectors?

Connectors are people in our community who know large numbers of people and are in the habit of making introductions. Connectors know people through social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and have a special gift for bringing people together who work or live in different circles.

 

Connector Benefit

By becoming a Connector, you will benefit from:

  • Gain the sense of achievement of helping newcomers succeed in Nova Scotia

  • Be seen as a professional or organization who values and supports international talents

  • Bring value to your network by connecting people who could benefit from knowing each other

  • Increase awareness about your organization and industry

  • Contribute to a program that leads to greater community engagement and encourages a culture of inclusion and collaboration

 

Connector Role

  • Meet with a Connectee for a one-hour informational meeting

  • Listen, ask questions, and share knowledge of current market demands and the skills required in the Connectee’s field

  • After the meeting, provide the Connectee with three relevant contacts in their industry within two weeks. Each of the contacts will be asked for another three referrals, essentially creating a basic business network

  • Be honest; provide any feedback to the Connectee through the Connector Program Manager

 

Start Growing Your Professional Network

Through direct referrals, Connectees learn about the local job market and rapidly grow their business network which increases the likelihood of attracting and retaining qualified talent.

 

Who are Connectees?

Connectees are skilled, educated or eager-to-work individuals from a variety of backgrounds with one major thing in common – they are under- or unemployed. Whether you are a resident, immigrating or migrating to the Truro Colchester area, we want to help you!

  • Local and International Graduates

  • Immigrants and New Residents

  • Skilled Employment ready Workers

  • Boomerangers

 

Connectee Benefits

  • Enhance your networking skills

  • Build a professional network of your own

  • Learn about the local job market

  • Increase your opportunity finding employment

 

While the Connector Program is not specifically tasked with finding employment for Connectees, it has proven to be an effective method that accelerates the process.

 

In fact, the Connector Program was started in 2009 by the Halifax Partnership, as a means of helping immigrants enter the job market, but has since expanded to help anyone in the region looking for employment.

Matthew Berrigen Program Manager
North NS Connector Program

35 Commercial St., Suite 208

Truro, Nova Scotia

mberrigen@northnsconnector.ca
Cell (902) 449-1273.

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers

 

The Connector Program is a simple and effective networking program that helps new residents as well as new local and international graduates tap into the regions business world. We all have a part to play in helping the regions and Nova Scotia thrive and grow. One way to do this is by ensuring we have a talented and qualified workforce.

Below you will find some FAQs that should help to give you a clearer idea of what’s involved. Don’t see your questions there or just want to get in touch? Visit our Connector Team page for contact details.

 
Q: Am I qualified to be a Connector?

A: Whether you only have a few years of experience or are a C-level executive, we all have the potential to be Connectors.

 
Q: What’s involved?

A: As a Connector, you will be matched with Connectees looking to grow their network. You’ll meet with them for a half-hour informal chat and discuss things like market demands, industry news, experience, hidden job opportunities, and any other insights you can offer. Connectees often come with questions in hand, so you’ll have plenty to talk about! Afterward, you’ll make an introduction to three people from your professional network that they can reach out to and have similar chats. That’s it! It’s that simple.

 
Q: Why should I be a Connector?

A: There are many benefits to becoming a Connector. It’s a great way to tap into the hidden talent market. Plus, you’ll have a hand in helping people in your community become a more diverse and welcoming place by providing introductions that may lead to meaningful jobs for qualified people.

 
Q: How do we meet?

A: The Connector Coordinator will schedule the first meeting between the Connectee and the Connector. After the initial meeting the Connectee will be provided with the Connector’s contact information and will be responsible to follow-up and maintain contact.

 
Q: Who are the referrals Connectors provide to Connectees?

A: Referrals are anyone within your professional network who would be appropriate to meet with a Conectee. This may be a contact in HR or someone who is looking to fill a job vacancy.

 

I’d like to become a Connectee

Good call! Breaking into the job market as either a new graduate or new resident can be challenging. By tapping into region’s business network with the help of a trusted Connector, you’ll be well on your way to navigating your career path.

 
Q: Who can be a Connectee?

A: Connectees are highly qualified recent graduates of a degree or diploma program, new Canadians, and new people to the community.

 
Q: I’m an international student, can I still take part?

A: Absolutely! You will need to have a valid work permit in Nova Scotia, and have the intention to stay here to work. You’ll also need to have sufficient English or French language skills.

 
Q: I’m a new Canadian, can I participate?

A: Yes! If you’ve completed a minimum one-year degree, diploma, or certificate program you can become a Connectee. You will also need to have a valid work permit and the intention to stay in Nova Scotia to live and work. New Canadians must have immigrated to Canada within the last five years and have sufficient English or French language skills.

 
Q: I’m a new graduate from Nova Scotia, can I be a Connectee?

A: Of course! As long as you have completed post-secondary education or training and have less than five years of experience in your field. You will also need to live in Nova Scotia and plan on staying here to work.

 
Q: Why should I take part?

A: Becoming a Connectee will help you tap into the Region’s business community. You’ll have a chance to build your own professional network, meet new people, and expand your job search prospects.

 
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