A Brokers Guide to Hiring International Students

Are you a hiring manager in an insurance brokerage? Did you know that many individuals graduating from college programs in insurance management are international students? Gain traction in hiring this industry’s up-and-coming talent by understanding what this group is looking for planning their career.

International Students are well represented within College Insurance Programs

Most of the students in Ontario’s insurance-focused college programs are international students—their goal is often to achieve permanent residency status in Canada upon graduation. In these instances, students are asked on their immigration applications to identify their work experience or employment by indicating the National Occupation Classification (NOC) code that best fits their experience or current role.

What are NOC Codes?

NOC is a nationally recognized and standardized system that assigns a code and job description to every occupation in the Canadian labour market. The codes fall within TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

For immigration purposes, any occupation classified as:

  • TEER level 0, 1, 2 or 3 is considered high-skilled work
  • TEER level 4 or 5 is considered low-skilled work

International students often target jobs in TEER 0, 1, 2, 3. Job descriptions falling into TEERs 4 and 5 struggle to find success with international student applicants.

Why does this matter?

It will help you potentially increase your success rate hiring international students. Make your company an attractive employer for up-and-coming talent by ensuring your job description matches the TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 expectations. Examine the job title and adjectives used in the job descriptions you offer this group of candidates. We know this audience declines clerical or administrative jobs more frequently—keep that in mind.

NOC Codes Specific to Insurance Brokers

The summary below outlines entry-level positions specific to insurance brokers. Upon application for a job, students seeking permanent residency will use these codes via Immigration Canada.

Understanding NOC Teers*

*Details current as of April 25, 2023. 

For more details visit noc.esdc.gc.ca/Oasis/OasisWelcome

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