The great Saskatchewan advantage they say... but are enough Canadians getting to discover it?
With the help of the provincial government 27 Saskatchewan employers just offered over 280 positions to skilled workers in Ireland as a result of a March mission to that country. The employer-driven mission included both Premier Brad Wall and Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris. The Government of Saskatchewan provided on-the-ground advice to Saskatchewan employers and assistance to potential candidates.
"The response from Ireland was both positive and sobering," Norris says. "While thousands of people in Ireland continue to look for opportunities in Canada and elsewhere, we are pleased to be able to invite more than 280 of the skilled applicants to come and discover the Saskatchewan Advantage."
The mission, they say, has left a positive impression, with Saskatchewan being recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
In the grand scheme of things Saskatchewan IS a great place to live, work and call home but with that said, there are still people struggling to make ends meet in this province. There are people who would love to have – not a hand out – but a hand up to make their worlds a better place. Saskatchewan DOES need skilled workers if we are to compete on a global scale and continue in a positive upswing but rather than funding costly delegations overseas, are there not measures we could be taking right here at home to acquire the same end result?
Saskatchewan is what it is in large part because of the province's residents. If we can do our part to give back right here at home shouldn't we be further exploring those options?