A delegation from western Canada is visiting Dublin this week in an effort to recruit thousands of workers for the construction and related trades.
The delegation will beholding talks with the Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs, the Department of Education and Skills, Fás, the Construction Industry Federation, the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National Apprenticeship Advisory Committee of Fás.
It will also be attending the Dublin Working Abroad Expo/Jobs Fair next week. They are a projected 335,000 job opportunities arising in British Columbia and Alberta between now and 2014, especially in construction.
The biggest demand relates to carpenters, electricians, welders, plumbers, heavy equipment operators and millwrights.
Canada differs from many countries seeking workers abroad in that it encourages long term inward migration by specified groups and facilitates family settlement.
Martin Wall, The Irish Times, 27/2/2012