Scale Without Borders and Talent partner to accelerate entry of newcomer and immigrant tech talent into Canada’s economy

Feb 1 , 2023
4 minutes
 Scale Without Borders and Talent partner to accelerate entry of newcomer and imm...

Scale Without Borders, and Talent, a workforce transformation organization, are proud to announce their partnership intended to enable newcomer and immigrant tech talent to accelerate their entry into meaningful employment in Canada. Funded by Venture 2 Impact, who are committed to developing a better understanding of the human experience of employers and immigrant talent when it comes to finding each other, offering a job, and retention of talent over a long period of time, this innovative initiative is intended to demonstrate how skills-verified courses and wrap-around supports, informed by employer needs, can have a significant impact on closing the tech talent shortage.

One of the most significant barriers to newcomers and immigrants securing meaningful employment in Canada is Canadian employers recognizing and valuing international credentials and/or skills and competency developed outside of the country. As a result, employers lack the confidence and ability to make effective, data-driven hiring decisions, particularly when skills and competencies are not captured through a traditional academic credential that can be verified through existing, trusted credential evaluation services.

However, the opportunity to verify skills and competency is one of the key attributes of rapid cycle training products known as skills-verified courses. As part of a broader initiative in partnership with Venture 2 Impact funded by the World Education Services, Scale Without Borders is collaborating with Talent to enable 60 newcomers and immigrants to have their skills and competencies in high-demand tech skills verified through Talent’s skills-verified courses so that Canadian employers can be assured that these individuals are verifiably job-ready to enter the Canadian workforce.

“Newcomers and immigrants who have experience and qualifications from other countries don’t necessarily need another degree, a time-consuming program, or an expensive credential. A lot of the time, they need a high-impact sprint course, the right network, and access to job opportunities. And that’s what we’re offering to 60 newcomers and immigrants in tech, for free, in partnership with key players Venture 2 Impact, World Education Services, and [Talent].”

Nouhailia Chelkhaoui, Founder & CEO of Scale Without Borders.

“As an immigrant to Canada myself, I am very aware of the issues both I and other immigrants face in securing employment that is commensurate with our skills and experience. Given the scale of talent shortages being faced in Canada right now combined with the numbers expected to retire from the Canadian workforce in the next decade (over 20% according to StatsCan) we have to find new ways to ensure newcomer and immigrant talent get to work quickly and are able to secure meaningful jobs that ensure both they and Canada benefit. We are excited to demonstrate through this innovative partnership how our skills-verified courses can deliver exactly that.”

Rachel Sumner, CEO, Talent.


About Talent

Talent is a Canadian company on a mission to help people make actionable and meaningful workforce transformation decisions. Founded in 2020, Talent has evolved its offerings to focus on three lines of business: Skills Intelligence, Skills-Verified Courses, and Assessments. By 2026, Talent will be Canada’s leading skills intelligence organization, working with employers in regulated industries to transform their workforce. 

About Scale without Borders

Scale Without Borders (SWB) is an immigrant-led startup that helps newcomers find tech jobs and employers find brilliant immigrant tech talent. SWB is building a tech ecosystem where newcomers can find access to resources including exclusive tech events, free tech training programs, and connections to job opportunities. SWB has already helped thousands of newcomers access the resources in tech. It has been widely featured in media including Toronto Star, Betakit, BayStreet Bull, among others. Find out more at

About Venture 2 Impact

Venture 2 Impact uses design thinking and human-centered design to solve complex challenges by linking global communities to skilled volunteers. We leverage untapped skills to create lasting impact. Through education, economic development, and empowerment projects, we work to equip NGOs, participants, and volunteers with skills, resources, and knowledge to advance gender equity, economic opportunity, and well-being.

For more information contact:

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui
Scale without Borders

Team Talent

Team Talent