Ciara Kenny

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Jobseekers wanted: Working Abroad Expo in Dublin

More than 70 exhibitors will be at the Working Abroad Expo at the RDS this weekend. Recruiters and employers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Middle East will be offering jobs to nurses and construction workers to cheesemakers and pork butchers.

Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 09:00



FANCY A job as a cheesemaker in Alberta, a firefighter in Kandahar, a cabinetmaker in Perth or a “snow groomer” on the ski slopes of Nova Scotia? These are just some of the more unusual jobs on offer at the Working Abroad Expo at the RDS in Dublin this weekend. More than 70 exhibitors will be at the show, including recruiters and employers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Middle East.

Employers, recruiters and government officials from English-speaking countries are increasingly viewing these jobs fairs as an effective way to meet and recruit qualified Irish workers to plug skills shortages, especially in the construction, health and hospitality industries.

There are four delegations coming from Canada alone this weekend. The Manitoba delegation includes a group of eight employers who are looking to recruit for a diverse range of positions including diesel mechanics, aircraft engineers, sheet-metal workers and pork butchers.

The Saskatchewan delegation hired almost 300 people at the last Expo in March, with one Canadian company alone employing 100 new Irish workers on the day.

The Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney, who is attending the event, is expected to make an announcement this weekend about a new visa programme aimed at Irish workers looking to move to Canada. The working-holiday visa quota for Irish people was filled in record time this year.

Beca, one of the leading engineering consultancies in the southern hemisphere, is seeking engineers to help with the rebuild of Christchurch in New Zealand after two major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, while Australian employers are seeking candidates for positions in healthcare, engineering, hospitality and construction.

Government immigration officials from Canada, Australia and New Zealand will also be on hand to answer queries on visas and skills shortages. Migration specialists and relocation service providers can offer advice and quotations on everything from finding a new home to moving your belongings.

The last Working Abroad Expo in March was the largest employment fair held in Europe, according to organisers. More than 12,000 people attended in Dublin, with many of those who had not pre-registered failing to get in. Organisers say they have changed the registration process this year and moved to a larger venue at the RDS.

Tickets cost €10 and can be booked online until midnight tonight. A small number of tickets will also be on sale at the door. For a full list of exhibitors and jobs on offer, see