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600 Skilled Irish Tradesmen Plan To Be Hired in British Columbia

Written by; Markus MacIntyre / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Thu Oct 31 2013


To make up for the shortage of skilled trades people in British Columbia, the local B.C. Construction Association is looking to hire six hundred workers from Ireland in this month alone. Irish workers have fared well aquiring construction positions in the past, in Canada, as many state, "A contsruction job in Ireland is considered a top rated job, while in Canada it is viewed as a last resort job, by the youth".

Positions which will be filled include pipe-fitters, carpenters, plumbers, millrights and welders.

The B.C. Construction Association reports that a mere one in thirty two Canadian high school graduates are pursuing a career in the trades, and the need to match the workflow is approximately 1 in 5. Adding to the problem is that there are about 38,000 British Columbian workers nearing retirement, within the next four to five years.

British Columbian labour unions are a little up in arms over the situation, maintaining a stance that local businesses can find and employ local skilled unionized Canadian workers to fill vacant positions and meet the demand.


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