Hundreds of people flocked to an aviation jobs fair in Windsor, Ontario this week to put themselves forward for aviation maintenance jobs being created by Premier Aviation.
The company expects to open its new 143,000-square-foot maintenance facility at Windsor Airport in mid-2012 but does not yet know the exact number of jobs it will be creating there.
Premier Aviation spokeswoman, Susan Gottman, said that some 250 prospective employees were screened within an hour of the doors opening. In total, more than 6,000 people attended the event.
“This is wonderful. It’s nice to see people here. We’re very thrilled,” Gottman said. “We do train, we are affiliated with training facilities, but right now we’re looking for experience in avionics.”
It is estimated that around 50 people will be invited back for further interviews. Gottman would not be drawn on how the closure of the Montreal aviation firm, Aveos, may affect the amount of work attracted by Premier. Aveos made around 2,000 workers redundant earlier this year after falling levels of work from its main customer, Air Canada.
The aviation jobs are a big boost for Windsor, where the unemployment rate of 10.7 per cent is the highest in Canada.