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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
(11-12-2012 06:15 PM)celticman Wrote:  Hey guys, firstly can I just say a big thank you to Scotian, Irishman, DjembaDjemba and everyone other contributor to this fantastic thread. I was recently advised by a friend to take a look and have been amazed to discover the opportunities in the oilsands, if you are prepared for hard work and more than a few sacrifices!

I am a twenty eight year old Irish man desperately seeking the means to a more comfortable future life and having found this thread, I am extremely eager to make the move ASAP. My back-round is in construction, although I have no official trade, I would consider myself accomplished in the forming and finishing of anything concrete. I also have experience in demolition and to a lesser extent scaffolding.

I am hopeful of gaining a visa through the International Experience Canada programme in January, so from now until then I want to gather as much further information as possible and would be extremely grateful for any advice and opinions on what the best route forward is, especially what line of work to go for. I suppose like many others I am looking for reassurance that there is well paid work available for those prepared for hard graft. I'm fortunate enough to still have employment in Ireland but the current economic climate means wages are terrible and future prospects bleak. It would be great to actually get well rewarded for hard work as opposed to struggling through on a meagre wage and having little/nothing to show for it!

Hopefully some of you guys can give me a little information or encouragement about how to best pursue my aims. I would quite like to continue in either scaffolding or another construction sector but would like to know how the wages compare. I think the IEC visa is only valid for two years so if that is the case, my aim would be to work like crazy and enjoy the benefits after. Would also be grateful if anyone knows if employers are keen to extend visas or help with the process if they think an employee is valuable or loyal?? I know its a long way down the road but I'm just curious!

Anyway, thanks once again to everyone involved and appreciate you taking the time out to read my post. Go raibh maith agaibh!

Go with the IEC visa, which is now for two years, forget getting one through an employer you've never met and will be stuck with.

Get written proof of as many scaffolding hours that you can convince your employers or ex-employers to give you.....also get whatever scaffolding tickets you can while still in Ireland, they might set you back a few bob now but it will be worth it.

Unlike in Ireland scaffolding is a serious trade in Canada with a 4 year apprenticeship.

If you can manage to get proof of 3000 hours you can challenge the Journeyman test to become a qualified scaffolder or you could even end up an apprentice through the Union.

Journeyman scaffolders earn about 50$per hour and they have a huge amount of work through the Edmonton Union (Local 1325).

Scaffolders are always in big demand and can always work the longest hours legally allowed.
PM me if you need any more help.
11-12-2012 10:47 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - Lux Interior - 11-12-2012 10:47 PM
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