ARBROATH folk are being poached by a Canadian city to help combat serious labour shortages.
Calgary, considered the most Scottish of Canadian cities, is looking to fill thousands of jobs created by an economic boom in the city and the surrounding state of Alberta.
Calgary has a long association with Scotland according to Bruce Graham, president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development.
He said: “The ties between Calgary and Scotland go back as far as the founding of the city itself, it was founded by a Scotsman and named after Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull. Around a fifth of our one million residents claim Scottish ancestry so it really is a home from home for anyone from the Arbroath area thinking of moving to start a new life.
“It is estimated that Calgary and the wider province will create around 120,000 new jobs in the next 10 years and we need skilled Scots to play a part in helping to fill them.”
Calgary Economic Development is leading a delegation of employers to the Working Abroad Expo in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on October 13-14 as part of their ‘Calgary: Be part of the energy’ campaign.
Companies in the city are recruiting across the board for a wide range of positions, both professional and non professional.
Engineers, geologists, architects, surveyors, those with IT and science backgrounds, labourers, truck drivers, all construction trades, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, business managers and hospitality and hotel management are all in short supply.
Bruce added: “It is not just our high salaries that have brought Scots to Calgary over the years, it is our whole lifestyle based on first rate leisure, educational and healthcare facilities.”