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Canadian company seeks Jamaicans for heavy-duty jobs

Published:Monday | September 12, 2011 | 12:00 AM

A CANADA-BASED organisation is seeking to train and recruit workers from Jamaica to fill various positions in the heavy-duty sector in Canada.

There are job opportunities for heavy equipment operators and technicians, heavy duty and diesel mechanics, truck and transport mechanics, drivers, welders and pipe fitters. Vacancies also exist for cooks and meat cutters.

"Persons with experience in Jamaica's mining and construction industry stand a good chance of filling some of these vacancies in Canada," says Cal Purcell, a representative of Career Gate Community College Inc based in British Colombia, Canada.

Career Gate, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is inviting applications from skilled men and women interested in filling specified job opportunities in Canada.

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately at the Ministry of Labour, as a limit has been placed on the number of applicants per trade.

"The process starts in early October with participants doing a diagnostic test that assesses their level of competency in the particular trade or skills area," explains Purcell.


There is a fee to register for the test. Those who score 80 per cent or more will be selected to participate in a two-week long Inter-provincial Refresher Programme next year January and February.

The training will be conducted in Jamaica by Canadian trade instructors, and participants are required to deposit 50 per cent of the training cost before entering the programme.

Purcell notes that all trade employers will require a drug test from each successful candidate.

Following the completion of the refresher programme, participants will be interviewed for jobs by Canadian employers and, if successful, given a job offer.

At this point, the participants are required to pay the remainder of the training fee. If no job offer is made immediately or over a reasonable period, the participant is not required to pay the balance.

However, Purcell notes: "Participants' chances of being offered jobs are high once they have passed the diagnostic test."

He points out that after participants receive job offers, the Ministry of Labour will apply to the Canadian government for work permits, and the duration of this process depends on the Canadian High Commission.

"This should be facilitated by the fact that each Canadian employer would have obtained a Labour Market Opinion, that is permission from the federal Canadian Government to hire foreign workers," notes Purcell.