BIM tries to catch crews abroad


A recruitment drive to attract workers for the fishing and seafood industries continues in the province of Newfoundland as the Jobs Ireland recruitment Fair highlights job opportunities available in Ireland.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara's attempt to recruit for the seafood sector in North America is based on Canadian research which shows a good source of workers available for vessel engineers and fish farms.

ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association, is also participating in the latest stop for the road show before it moves to Hanover in Germany, and Birmingham, England. More than 1,000 people attended the first day of the show, which was on its second visit to Newfoundland.

Mr Gregory Craig, spokesman for Jobs Ireland, said that more than 500 Canadians had been issued with work permits so far this year. Other companies attending the show include Eircom, Baush and Lombe, American Power Conversion, CMG, Waterford Chamber of Commerce and Kentech and Ascon. More than 35,000 people have registered their CVs on the Jobs Ireland website ( and the site has received over two million visitors. To date more than 11,500 work permits have been issued as a result of Jobs Ireland and it is anticipated over 16,000 work permits will be issued by the end of the year.