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Irving hiring in N.L. over next three years

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More than 775 hires are forecast from 2019-21

Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from an Atlantic Provinces-wide investment by J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) over the next three years.

The company announced on Thursday it has forecasted 7,500 new fulltime hires and more than 2,500 student hires in the region from 2019-21.

Those projects see 550 full time jobs and 227 student hires for Newfoundland and Labrador

These forecasted hires are the result of anticipated retirements, normal workforce turnover, new growth and students.

Kent Building Centres, Atlantic Towing and Midland Transport are the N.L. leaders in the new forecast and company officials say it takes great partners to make it happen.
The new hires will come from programs at Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic and the Marine Institute.

A total of 89 per cent of all new hires will be locating in Atlantic Canada and will add to the projected success shown in the past year alone.

“When we look at our three-year forecast from 2019-2021, 89 per cent of the jobs we need to fill are in the Atlantic Provinces,” Colleen Baxter, vice-president of human resources at J.D. Irving, Limited said in a news release Thursday.

“Seventy-two per cent of the jobs are in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia alone,” she added.

Across the organization, the areas with the highest number of job opportunities include operations, shipping, supply and logistics, retail sales and finance.

The three-year forecast is a result of anticipated retirements, business growth, and normal workforce turnover.
Keep Them Home, Bring Them Home, Make it Home

“We are a company focused on investing in the talent and potential of our people and offer a unique opportunity to join one operation and grow a career with many of our businesses,” Baxter said.

“Our strategy is to keep talented young people home, bring them home and to welcome newcomers,” he added.

Nearly 1,000 full-time employees were added by year-end in 2017 that supported 424 indirect and induced jobs. This generated $87 million in employment income and an additional $35 million in the purchase of goods and services from N.L. suppliers.

As Irving recruits its workforce of the future, it is also working with great partners — local universities and community colleges by reaching out to co-op programs, case competitions, scholarships and career fairs.

Business units with J.D. Irving, Limited include: agriculture, construction and equipment, consumer products, food, forestry and forestry products, retail and distribution, shipbuilding and industrial fabrication and transportation and logistics.

If you are you a new grad looking to start your career, visit http://students.jdirving.com/recent-graduates/ to learn how you can grow with JDI.

samuel.mcneish@thetelegram.com

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