News Release - April 24, 2012
SASKATCHEWAN EMPLOYERS OFFER 280 POSITIONS TO SKILLED WORKERS FROM IRELAND
Saskatchewan employers have offered more than 280 positions to skilled workers as a result of the March 2012 mission to Ireland. This means that the goal of this recruitment mission has already surpassed its objective of 275 jobs being offered.
The delegation, which included 27 Saskatchewan employers, took part in recruitment fairs in Dublin and Cork. The employer-driven mission included both Premier Brad Wall and Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris. The Government of Saskatchewan provided on-the-ground advice to Saskatchewan employers and assistance to potential candidates.
"The response from Ireland was both positive and sobering," Norris said. "While thousands of people in Ireland continue to look for opportunities in Canada and elsewhere, we are pleased to be able to invite more than 280 of the skilled applicants to come and discover the Saskatchewan Advantage."
The mission has left a positive impression, with Saskatchewan being recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
An initial result of the delegation has been an increase in interest regarding the saskjobs.ca website this past month. In March 2012 alone there were 13,706 visits from Ireland, compared to 9,312 visits from Ireland in 2011.
Saskatchewan's proactive approach to labour recruitment was lauded by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney as an example of the positive impact the provincial nominee program can have on regional economies.
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