A delegation of Saskatchewan employers is heading to Ireland to recruit high-skilled workers to this province.  The Ministry of the Economy and 13 employers will attend the Working Abroad Expo in Dublin March 2 and 3, Cork on March 6, and some will also exhibit in Manchester, United Kingdom March 9 and 10.  More than 10,000 qualified candidates in fields including trades, engineering and health sciences are expected to attend the fairs.

“There is significant labour mobility in Ireland and a high unemployment rate,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.  People are looking for jobs and Saskatchewan has a labour shortage.  It’s a perfect opportunity for us to fill critical, high-skilled positions that have not been successfully filled by recruitment initiatives in Canada.”

Saskatchewan welcomed more than 290 Irish families to the province following the 2012 recruitment mission to Ireland.  Based on last year’s success, employers expressed interest in returning to that country hoping to recruit at least 80 high-skilled workers this year, for positions such as heavy duty mechanics, welders, engineers and machinists among other occupations.

Saskatchewan’s labour shortage is a major barrier to economic growth for industry, small business and communities.  Saskatchewan is forecast to need between 75,000-90,000 new workers in the next five years.
Source: Government of Saskatchewan - Economy

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