Ciara Kenny

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Working Abroad Expo in Dublin and Cork

More than 70 recruiters, employers and government immigration officials from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East will be at this weekend’s event, with jobs on offer in construction, healthcare and hospitality.

Thu, Feb 28, 2013, 19:11


Ciara Kenny

Photographs of long queues waiting to get in to the bi-annual Working Abroad Expo at the RDS have become a common way to illustrate reports about Irish emigration in recent times, though the organisers are hoping this weekend’s event will pass off without the long waiting times experienced by attendees at the last two shows, when about 12,000 people turned up looking for information on work opportunities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Middle East.

More than 70 recruiters, employers and government immigration officials will be at this weekend’s event, and upwards of 1,000 jobs will be on offer from companies who will be conducting interviews with candidates on the spot.

Employers from the Saskatchewan delegation hired almost 300 people at the Expo last March, with one company alone employing 100 new Irish workers on the day. The delegation is returning again this weekend with 13 employers, with truck drivers, welders, mechanics, labourers and electricians in particularly high demand.

A delegation from the Manitoba government is travelling with three employers looking to recruit engineers, electricians and equipment technicians, while 25 other Canadian companies will be travelling independently to hire workers. The largest of these is the Alberta oil company Cenovus Energy, who will have 15 representatives at the show.

The International Experience Canada working-holiday visa quota for Irish people was filled in just three days this year, so there will be no IEC stand at this expo. Representatives from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration will be on hand however to answer queries about alternative ways to enter Canada, and seminars will be given on both days about other types of visas available to Irish workers and how to apply.

Government immigration officials from New Zealand will also be available to answer questions and give seminars on visas, skills shortages and work opportunities in the country. Irish construction recruitment company One World Resourcing will be looking to hire engineers, architects, carpenters and scaffolders to assist with the rebuild of Christchurch in New Zealand after the two major earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, while Australian employers are seeking candidates for positions in healthcare, engineering, hospitality and construction.

The ‘Australian Futures’ group made up of representatives from the federal government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship and others from the states of Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia will be giving seminars explaining what skills are in demand in each state, the type of visas available, and how to register your professional qualifications to gain the necessary accreditations.

There will be a number of stands offering information about opportunities in teaching, construction, healthcare and tourism in eastern Europe and the Gulf states.

Migration specialists and relocation service providers will be offering advice and quotations on everything from finding a new home to moving your belongings, paying taxes, finding a school for your children or opening a bank account.

The Epo takes place at the Industries Hall at the RDS on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. About 45 exhibitors will also take part in the Working Abroad Expo at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork next Wednesday, March 6th. Tickets cost €10 and can be booked online. A small number of tickets will also be on sale at the door. For a full list of exhibitors and jobs on offer, see