Canada sets sights on Australian workers

Canada sets sights on Australian workers
Irving Shipbuilding yard in Nova Scotia

One of North America’s largest shipbuilding companies is headhunting Australian workers to join its firm to work on Canadas future combatant fleet.

Irving Shipbuilding has launched a social media and newspaper advertising campaign encouraging Australian workers to move to Halifax, Nova Scotia and join "North America's most modern shipyard".

Over the next 30 years, Irving said it would be constructing up to 21 modern patrol ships and surface combatants.

"By joining our team of more than 1,500 shipbuilders you can enjoy a dynamic, diverse and family-friendly career with a company dedicated to your success, health, wellness and safety," the company's Build Ships in Canada website said.

The shipbuilding company said they can offer:

  • 30 years of employment building up to 21 modern patrol vessels and surface combatants;
  • the opportunity to become a Canadian citizen;
  • work in the most innovative and efficient shipbuilding facility in North America; and
  • a skilled, globally diverse team.

The move comes as South Australian workers from ASC face uncertainty amid the local industry's so-called "valley of death".

Workers at ASC's Osborne headquarters have been losing their jobs due to work on the Air Warfare Destroyer project winding down.

Work on Australia's Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) at ASC's Osborne headquarters in Adelaide will not commence until 2018, with many workers in the industry facing uncertain futures.

Irving said it is looking for engineers (hull, mechanical and electrical), combat systems engineers and specialists, and ironworkers.

"Irving Shipbuilding is proud to provide our workforce with stable, good-paying jobs you can raise a family and build a future on," the website advertisement said.

The company will hold interviews with potential candidates in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in late April.

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