A shortage of qualified employees has pushed some local companies into recruiting overseas.
To help other businesses get on board the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce held a forum Thursday to discuss the process. Executive Director Kim Shukla says it's quite simple and any business can learn the steps to be effective at recruiting in other countries. Eric Slatcher works with Driver Recruitment at Big Freight Systems in Steinbach. He shared some of the in's and out's of hiring immigrants. Big Freight has been recruiting overseas for a couple of years and he feels the process of educating and settling immigrants is worthwhile. He expects to bring in about 25 new immigrant drivers this year. Meanwhile Fiona Erksine immigrated from England nine months ago. She says the most helpful part of her journey was being educated and prepared for the transition to life in Manitoba.