Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

February 24, 2012 10:33 ET

Companies Come to Vancouver to Fill Hundreds of Job Vacancies in Northern BC

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2012) -

LOCATION - Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, BC

On February 29th, more than 20 companies from Northern BC will head to Vancouver to host the Job Fair of Northern BC. Companies including Canfor and RioTinto Alcan will be reaching out to job seekers currently living in the Lower Mainland, but willing to relocate to fill the increasing demand for labour.

"Come North. Grow with Us. With more than 100 skilled trades, supervisory and administrative vacancies across 14 northern BC and Alberta locations, we're looking for dynamic, talented people just like you." says Rob Jarvis, Manager, Talent & Employee Development, Canfor."

The Job Fair of Northern BC is in partnership with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and funded in part by the Government of Canada's Foreign Credential Recognition Program and the Province of BC - BC Jobs Plan. This initiative is focused on promoting employment opportunities for skilled immigrants, recent graduates, trades workers, internationally trained engineers and engineering technicians. Combined with the Job Fair, there will be career awareness seminars among manufacturers, immigrant groups and other organizations dedicated to engaging all stakeholders and to promoting Northern BC employment opportunities.

"My priority is to ensure that northern British Columbians are filling job opportunities in the north, but with the projects that we expect to come on-line in the next few years as part of the BC Jobs Plan, there will be a need to recruit from other parts of the province as well," says Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell.

Peter Jeffrey, Vice President of CME-BC says this is a win-win situation. "We have industries in the North who are struggling to increase productivity and grow their businesses due to the lack of skilled labour. We have a large population of job-seeking skilled employees in the Lower Mainland looking for employment. It's a good idea to put these people together in the same room!"

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