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Friday, October 18, 2013

B.C. construction industry turns to Ireland to fill jobs: "crisis" looming

The current shortage of skilled tradespeople in Western Canada is so dire that the B.C. Construction Association is returning to Ireland this month to hire 600 people, said the group's vice-president.

In fact, even if one-in-five students graduating from high school in B.C. during the next three years were to pursue a trade, there still wouldn't be enough workers to fill shortages in the province's construction industry, said Abigail Fulton.

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