Thirty Colombians to work at Marmen
Three-Rivers — company, Marmen, Trois-Rivières, will host its largest contingent of foreign workers since she has use of this workforce to fill vacant positions, in a context where workers quebec skilled are rare. These are 30 Colombians who will soon pack their bags with us and a mission is scheduled as early as next week to recruit a new cohort, which we hope is also important. And things “went very well”, said Annie Pellerin, vice-president, human resources and communications, at Marmen.
“We worked with costa ricans and Nicaraguans, here and Matane, and honestly, it was super been. It’s a mindset very similar to ours, it is people who learn the language quite easily and they are competent”, says the vice-president, enthusiastic.
If the formula is helping the company in mauritius to fill many vacant positions, Ms. Pellerin explains that the process is not simple, that it involves significant expenses and that the legal procedures are lengthy.
However, the company has developed a certain expertise and has established agreements with specialized agencies in the countries of origin, for publicizing available positions and to conduct a first approach of recruitment. Once a certain number of workers identified, a team is dispatched to pass tests of technical skills and hear the workers in an interview.
On their arrival at Trois-Rivières, the new workers are supported by the company. A pairing is established with the employees of the factory. French courses are given, on the workplace or on the premises of the school board. We also take care of finding them a home. The integration is important, both at work and in the community, and the learning of French is essential, argues Annie Pellerin.
The more difficult, from the point of view of the company, lies in the slowness of the steps of the immigration process. We explained that it is necessary easily from eight months to complete the folder. A time not compatible with the pace that dictates sometimes the obtaining of a contract to which the horizon of delivery is characterized by the emergency.
If Annie Pellerin welcomes the listener and intentions displayed by the government Legault in the matter, she insists that he must now move from words to deeds. “There has been a lot of meetings, I sense a real effort, but it is sure that he must move quickly”, she argues.
“It is too long”, she says, referring to the steps bureaucratic multiply the two levels of government. “There are lengths everywhere,” she insists. The business woman wondered how more small businesses can get to get through the process, given the delays and costs associated with such an approach.
Workers covered by Marmen uses are issued a visa of a foreign worker. For a limited time — Annie Pellerin speaks of a period of two to three years, it is renewable. “We feel a real interest in some to stay and send for their families,” says Ms Pellerin.
It was also stressed that integration in the plant itself lives up to this day in a climate of harmony. If it is inevitable that new workers form links among themselves, because of their cultural proximity, Annie Pellerin evokes an atmosphere of sharing. “There is a super nice camaraderie, it was that took the guys by snowmobile”, illustrates it.
For any positive that it is, Ms. Pellerin insists that this solution is not intended to replace the hiring of personnel of quebec, but rather to fill the gaps occasioned by the shortage of workers which affects Québec as a whole. It stresses, in the same vein, programs are put forward to facilitate the formation of a local workforce. Pathways and accelerated agreements with the Carrefour formation Mauricie and the Centre de formation professionnelle Qualitech are in place for the workers, old or new, interested to specialize.
For Annie Pellerin, there are in the Mauricie region a culture of manufacturing that it was important to preserve. It argues in particular for an evaluation of the training programmes in this sector.
Marmen employs some 900 workers at the present time, in its facilities in Trois-Rivières. Foreign workers represent about 5 percent of its work force.