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I am a British citizen seriously considering emigrating to Canada with my family (wife & daughter). I am a qualified fabricator / plater, welder, having served a 4 year apprenticeship (City & Guilds), with 12 years experience. I have spent the last two years working in the purchasing department of an engineering company, manufacturing specialist equipment for the glass manufacturing industry (worldwide). I now hold the position of purchasing manager. My question is what would be the prospects for employment?
Thanks for your email. I contacted Jonathan Bennett, Senior Instructor at Canadian Welding Skills (Welder Training Center)with your query. Here is his response:
"You don't need to be 'certified' to get a job here. Typically a potential employer, if needed, would test and certify you after being hired. In Ontario, a welder can only be 'certified' by the employer. A school such as mine, can test a welder, and issue a 'qualification record' which proves that they have the skills to do the welding. Final certification is done at work.
You would have NO problem getting a good paying job, after you go through the immigration process."
I hope this helps.
Canadian Welding Skills Bridgenorth, Ontario Canada. Tel: 705-745-6226 Fax: 705-745-2714
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