EDMONTON, AB, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian project management and
industrial recruitment agencies have been sourcing trade workers from
the United States and around the world for many years. An Alberta based
recruitment agency has come up with a long term solution that will put
Canadian workers first and have future Alberta construction projects
less dependent on temporary foreign workers to complete the mega oil
"We have a win - win - win situation at hand" says Andrew Regan, Vice
President of Operations for Western Tradesmen Inc., "the solution is to
take care of Canadians first and foremost", Regan says. Western
Tradesmen Inc. along with its industry partners has been sourcing
skilled workers in Canada and abroad for over seven years.
Regan goes on to explain, "We have approached various companies within
the industrial sector and have put together a plan that creates a
solution for the critical, long term shortage of Canadian Trade
Workers. Most companies prefer to hire Journeyperson trade workers.
Western Tradesmen Inc. has put forth a proposal that for every one
temporary foreign worker that is dispatched to a Canadian construction
site, one or two Canadian apprentices must be dispatched as well."
Over the course of three years, as Canadian apprentices gain enough
experience and hours to become qualified Journeypersons, we start to
have a ratio of two Canadian Journeypersons for every one temporary
foreign worker. Over the next six years, we will have lessened our
dependency and need for temporary foreign workers. This will result in
boosting the Canadian economy by having Canadians earning some of the
highest wages in the world and much of the monies earned, stays in
Regan says: "There are plenty of apprentices throughout the country that
are available for work. There are plenty of youth who would like to
enter in a trade but are not sure of the route to take. In many
Provinces, the education system pushes for high school students to
continue education into University. Not all students are university
bound. Many are mechanically inclined but do not know how to get a job
in the trades or the pressure to go to university is often great. The
reality is, a Journeyperson trade worker often earns much more than
university graduates and often starts out in the workforce without much
Not all companies have embraced the Western Tradesmen plan: Many
recruiting companies, in particular ones from outside of Canada,
operate from a standpoint of a numbers game. It is in the best interest
of those foreign recruiting companies to source the majority of the
workers from outside of Canada. This is because of the fees and
commissions that are paid to the foreign recruiting companies and or
its commissioned sales people.
Western is looking to change the way the process works by aligning
itself with Clients in the oils sands who are also looking for a
solution to the long term labour shortage. Western Tradesmen Inc. is a
proud Alberta company. One of our goals is to get the message to the
youth across the country. Let them know that there is opportunity for a
better way of life and higher earning potential than they may currently
have. Collectively, we must have a long term plan and work together.
Together we will help solve the long term shortage of trade workers.
Alberta's oil sands are the third largest proven crude oil reserve in
the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. New projects are being
added every year and production is expected to increase from 1.3
million barrels per day in 2008 to 3 million barrels per day in 2018.
Skilled trade workers working on projects in Alberta are among the
highest paid workers in the world.
SOURCE: Western Tradesmen Inc.
For further information:
Western Tradesmen Inc.
10060 Jasper Ave
Tower 1, Suite 2020
Edmonton, AB T5J 3R8
Phone: 1.888.266.6145 (o)