Plenty of in­ter­est in Ta­cora Jobs

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

As soon as word was out that Ta­cora Re­sources was open­ing the Scully mine in Wabush, one of the first ques­tions on peo­ple’s minds was “where can I send my re­sumé?”

The com­pany plans on hir­ing 260 em­ploy­ees that will cover a range of jobs.

Within hours of the an­nounce­ment a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion was held at the Labrador West Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre. Ta­cora held the ses­sion to ex­plain the com­pany’s am­bi­tions and goals and to let peo­ple know about the hir­ing process and what was ex­pected of work­ers at Ta­cora.

While many of the for­mer Wabush mine work­ers have re­tired or found work else­where, some turned out to get more in­for­ma­tion about the pos­si­bil­ity of re­turn­ing to work. Ta­cora has an agree­ment with the steel­work­ers, and there is a pro­vi­sion about hir­ing for­mer work­ers in that agree­ment.

Ta­cora has stated they are all about hir­ing lo­cal work­ers and build­ing a team from the com­mu­nity, not want­ing to en­gage in fly in, fly out ac­tiv­ity.

So many peo­ple showed up for the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion the cen­tre was filled to ca­pac­ity, and some at­ten­dees waited in the lobby hop­ing to get in. The cen­tre has seat­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 340 peo­ple.

No­tice­able amongst those look­ing for in­for­ma­tion was the num­ber of younger peo­ple who were hop­ing to find em­ploy­ment Wal­ter Joy (left) and his son Josh. Both worked at the Scully mine in the past. Josh plans to ap­ply, Wal­ter doesn’t.

in their trades.

Reilly Free­born of Labrador City was one of those who sub­mit­ted his re­sume. He waited out­side with a num­ber of his friends who were also eager for

work, but could hear some of the pre­sen­ta­tion.

Free­born told The Aurora, “I grad­u­ated from col­lege in 2016. I stud­ied elec­tri­cal and I haven’t been able to get a job in my field so far. I was ac­tu­ally think­ing of leav­ing the area, but with Wabush open­ing there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties that didn’t ex­ist here for a while.”

Free­born says his re­sumé will be filed with Ta­cora right away.

Also in at­ten­dance were Wal­ter Joy and his son Josh.

Joy worked at the mines in Wabush for 36 years. He has been work­ing for the Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada since, and says he has no in­ten­tion of ap­ply­ing to go back. Josh has a dif­fer­ent story.

“I am a carpenter by trade, and I ac­tu­ally did work at Wabush for al­most two years,” he said. “I am def­i­nitely go­ing to ap­ply, and with the news that the com­pany is ex­pect­ing to be around for 25 years or more, that is a big in­cen­tive to go back.”

Anna Bain is a welder by trade, she works but not in the pro­fes­sion she choose to study.

“I am def­i­nitely go­ing to ap­ply, it’s a long-term job with good pay and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said. “A lot of young peo­ple are happy to hear the news — 260 jobs will do a lot for the peo­ple in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ta­cora of­fi­cials ex­plained they want a mix­ture of peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence, but also young en­er­getic peo­ple. Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion it was ex­plained they ex­pected their work­ers to be a team that would build an op­er­a­tion they and the com­pany would be proud of. They also noted that peo­ple with var­i­ous skills would be an as­set.

MIKE POWER – SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

MIKE POWER – SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

The in­for­ma­tion meet­ing Ta­cora held Tues­day, Nov. 27, drew so much in­ter­est the the­atre at the Labrador West Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre was filled to ca­pac­ity and peo­ple were wait­ing out­side.

MIKE POWER – SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Reilly Free­born says he will ap­ply. “It’s en­cour­ag­ing to think I may be able to get a job in my trade at home,” he said.

MIKE POWER – SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Anna Bain hasn’t found work as a welder but with the Scully mine open­ing again, it gives her hope she will.

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