Myrick accesses DIVERSEcity’s “Back to work” Microloans Program to get his career on track

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Myrick CaramotoMyrick is taking the AutoCad program at BCIT this fall,
working towards the goal of becoming
certified by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASST-BC).

Myrick Caramoto arrived in Canada in 2012 and brings with him ten years of experience as an Electrical Engineer in the Philippines.
Electrical Engineering and related professions are regulated professions in Canada and internationally trained professionals must complete a foreign credential recognition process.
Without this, Myrick has been unable to practice as an Electrical Engineer in Canada. In the last two years, Myrick has worked as a roofing assistant, machine operator, and
carpenter assistant.

In May this year, he was laid off as an
electrician assistant. This has created real hardship for Myrick’s family; he has three
children with his wife being a homemaker. While on EI & seeking employment, Myrick wanted to explore his long term options – upgrade his education so he can have Canadian certification via ASST-BC.
Myrick is ineligible for a student loan and due to his unemployed status, his loan
application to many financial institutions was declined.

Invitation Poster 5by 7-FINAL(15Sept2014)-1This brought him to the DIVERSEcity’s Microloans Program.Funded with the
generous support of Vancity Credit Union, the Microloans Program assists immigrants with low income & ineligible for traditional source of credit. The applicants’ ambition, character and determination are the factors considered in a loan application.Myrick’s
application for Back to Work loan was approved for $6000 term loan for 60 months.

He has applied for membership with
ASTTBC and taking preparatory courses (TELC- Electrical code, TELC- Electrical IP/TQ Refresher, CMGT- Construction Project Controls 1 and 2, CMGT- Quality Management in Construction and Occupational First Aid level 2 from BCIT) to start the process of certification.