BRIDGETOWN: As the Government of Barbados moves to retrench thousands of workers as a result of a contraction in the local economy, a Canadian recruiting firm is providing an opportunity for nationals to work in the North American country.
Diamond Global, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, will host a job fair in Barbados this weekend and the recruitment could result in scores of Barbadians being offered employment in Canada under its Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
Diamond Global Vice President, Benjamin Guth, said his company represented about 100 Canadian employers that were looking to have several positions filled as soon as possible.
“We are hoping to leave in the next three days with signed contracts for a few positions…Canada is open (for business),” he said. “We have incredible jobs and great opportunities available; the money is good and the process is seamless.”
Some 40 Barbadians are presently employed in Alberta. Diamond Global Director of Operations, Sean Stewart, said the experience for the workers and employers has been pleasant.
“The reception we have received from workers we have already brought to Canada has been tremendous,” he said. “It has been an incredibly positive experience for our employers and they highlighted to us how excited they are at the prospects of bringing in more Barbadian workers, so we are extremely excited about that.”
The company officials said that while some jobs at present may be temporary, they could be permanent in the future.
The jobs being offered include various positions in the restaurant, hospitality and food service, retail, construction, manufacturing and transportation sectors in Canada and the successful applicants would be offered contracts for an initial period of two years.
The Barbados government has already announced that it would be laying off an estimated 3,000 public servants in an effort to reverse its ailing economy.