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HIRING: Construction Workers Desperately Needed

Canada suffers a shortage of qualified labor in the construction trades.

Employers from Canada will descend on Riverside County next week for a recruitment drive during which carpenters, welders and other construction workers will be sought for jobs up north.

Click here to read more about the construction-worker shortage in Canada.

"We have already received over 150 resumes from regional residents who have expressed interest in working in Canada," county Economic Development Agency spokesman Tom Freeman told City News Service. "We have received resumes from Texas, Nevada and Arizona, as well."

The British Columbia Construction Association, the Canada-California Business Council and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors are sponsoring the job fair, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the county's Workforce Development Center in Indio, 44-199 Monroe St.

Representatives from eight companies are slated to be on hand. Recruiters will be seeking mechanics, refrigeration technicians, ironworkers, crane operators, gas fitters, millwrights, industrial plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, geotechnical and electrical engineers, along with other hardhat positions, according to Freeman.

He said Canada suffers a shortage of qualified labor in the construction trades.

The manufacturing and construction industries have been the hardest-hit locally in the Great Recession, with employment still well-below 2007 levels.

Freeman said applicants interested in taking part in the job fair should bring their resumes, certificates and training records.

More information is available at www.rivcoeda.org.

steven d. Eagle December 01, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I'm down to leave this place in a heartbeat can someone contact me for hire pack my bags tonight
ron December 02, 2012 at 10:02 AM
This is most likely another company going to charge a finders fee for people to go work in another country. California has become good at allowing companies to charge for B.S. programs like WECA and ABC. Non unions that operate as a union except no benefits.
JMO December 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Wait can they be white? Is this our immigration reform?
Reverend Smith December 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
You must think Canadian contractors are dumber than American contractors. They know if they hire a few illegals, they'll call home and soon the illegal trail will go from the Mexican border straight to Canada. They'll just bypass the US altogether since they've already trashed our economy. I don't think Canadians are dumb enough to fall for that.
Reverend Smith December 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The related article said there will be job fairs put on by the "Job Partnership Act Canada" and the county of Riverside. Call the county and ask when and where.
roland c.lastimosa December 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
yes iwant to applied a construction worker thats good for me thanks....

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