UK:: 80 ‘creative’ jobs available at first-of-its-kind hotel opening in Glasgow

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A new hotel opening in Glasgow in 2018 has announced a ‘casting day’ for creative people looking for jobs.

The Radisson RED is due to launch in spring, with building well underway next to the SEC campus, and it will be the first of its kind in the UK.

The RED philosophy is to connect with ‘millennially-minded individuals through art, fashion and music’, and the Glasgow hotel has around 80 vacancies.

They will cover everything from housekeeping to food and drink, engineering to events – and anyone applying is in for a recruitment process with a difference.

The ‘casting day’ will include fun workshops and opportunities for candidates to get creative through music, art and fashion – all soundtracked to a live DJ.

Curator Michael Weston said: “We are on the lookout for RED brand ambassadors who connect with the world around them. We want our team of creatives to be socially aware and able to make genuine friendships with our guests. We encourage laughter, playfulness and even a little mischief with guests that will drive them to come back again and again.

“We are recruiting for a variety of positions, and for those who have never worked in a hotel before, it’s no problem at all. At RED personality is the most important part – we can show you the rest! Our team delight our guests through a concept called FLOW, that means they move freely through the hotel taking on a variety of tasks across all departments.

“Every day is different, they make the guests feel welcome, cook up tasty food, shake the cocktails and generally ensure our guests are happy, catered to and inspired. We were blown away with the response to our first recruitment drive where we had 400 applications for the first seven roles we released, and so we’re hoping for a great response.

“The casting day will give us the opportunity to see how well the candidates identify with our core values so that we can select the applicants that most align with our brand. We want confident individuals who love the city. Our creatives should stand out.”

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Canada, B.C:: Seniors care jobs in demand

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BC Care Providers Association has launched a new campaign aimed at educating the public on what it calls “the enormous opportunity for careers in seniors’ care.”

Daniel Fontaine CEO of the British Columbia Care Providers Association said that statistically, in B.C., seniors care offers the highest job growth of any field in the coming decade.

“Across the province, we could be doing a much better job of being able to implement strategies that will encourage people to come into seniors care.”

Dubbed #BecauseBCCares, the campaign will focus on three key areas: Job growth in seniors care, Job security, The diversity of job types available in the sector.

“Part of this campaign is telling people that we are an ageing society and that there will be a huge amount of growth in seniors care in the next five to 10 years and beyond.” BCCPA represents the majority of non-government seniors’ care providers in B.C.

“We want to kick off that conversation among friends at dinner tables, and within the seniors care sector itself that we have great career opportunities available in high demand fields that will be here for decades to come.”

“We also want to convey there are many job openings in rural and remote areas across British Columbia, not just in the major urban centres. These smaller communities also offer more affordable housing options coupled with a very high quality of life.”

A day-long conference is being held in Surrey, on Jan. 26. The 2nd Annual BC Continuing Care Collaborative is a partnership between BCCPA and the Ministry of Health. The Hon. Adrian Dix will deliver a keynote address to 140 representatives from government, organized labour, health authorities, career colleges, and care providers who will be in attendance. Fontaine said, for anyone interested in attending the conference, he will “move heaven and earth” to open a spot for them.

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Canada:: There are 361K job vacancies in Canada — here’s where workers are needed

Canada’s hospitality industry is one of the sectors feeling the brunt of the job shortages, according to CFIB.

There’s a labour shortage in Canada — and British Columbia seems to be the province most in need of skilled workers, according to a recent report.

A combination of a growing economy and a lack of skilled workers has created a labour shortage of around 361,700 jobs across the country, according to the quarterly report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). This is the highest number of unfulfilled jobs in the private sector every recorded in Canada, the report stated.

“Labour shortages are again becoming a major hindrance to businesses across the country, especially small firms,” Ted Mallett, chief economist at CFIB said. “We need government to take action, to find solutions for chronic shortages that inhibit a small business’ ability to take on new contracts, expand and innovate.”

Avery Shenfeld, chief economist of CIBC said although this is an independent study, it does seem possible that there is a growing job shortage in Canada.

“That does go hand-in-hand with full employment,” he said. “We’re seeding the same in the U.S. Employers who have undesirable jobs can find themselves unable to fill positions.”

Businesses in three provinces are experiencing the brunt of the shortages, according to the report. British Columbia has the highest job vacancy rate (3.4 per cent) followed by Quebec (3.1 per cent) and Ontario (3.0 per cent).

Industries with largest job vacancies:The report said the industries experiencing the biggest labour shortages are: Retail (50,000 jobs) Hospitality (45,900 jobs) Construction (38,000 jobs)

There are a number of reasons for the shortages, such as the hours the job offers, the wage and the skill set needed, the CFIB said. Employers may have to start compromising on skill set, Mallett said. “An employer hoping for a candidate that perfectly meets the objective with the skill set and salary, may not be able to find that person,” he said. “If a job isn’t getting filled, an employer may need to change the skill set for the type of business.”

Shenfeld said employers may also have to start offering more money.“These are relatively low paying positions, so workers could be looking elsewhere,” he said.“Workers’ bargaining power is starting to improve,” he said.

Employers may have to start offering more money in order to compete for the higher skilled workers, he added.So provinces like Ontario, which is increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, may look more attractive to an employee, Shenfeld said.

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IRELAND::Huawei creates 20 R&D jobs in Cork and locates research hub at Trinity

Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei is expanding its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations.Huawei is creating 20 new jobs in Cork as part of a €17.7m investment in its growing R&D footprint in Ireland.

The expansion was announced by Guo Ping, Huawei deputy chair and rotating CEO, who was at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) today (11 December) for the announcement of a research partnership with the university.

‘We are continuing to tap into Ireland’s growing clusters of video, artificial intelligence, cloud, telecoms and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly skilled professionals’– GUO PING

These developments bring Huawei’s R&D investment in Ireland to $21m (€17.7m) in 2017, a significant increase from 2016.The addition of a new research centre for Ireland was alluded to last year during a visit by Huawei board member Chen Lifang to Dublin.

Huawei has been in Ireland for 13 years now and employs 160 people in Dublin, Athlone and Cork across its business and R&D operations. About 75pc of staff at these operations have been recruited locally.

“The company’s new research partnership with Trinity, and its expanding R&D footprint across its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations, are a strong endorsement of Ireland’s tech credentials and illustrates Huawei’s ongoing commitment to its Irish operations,” said An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, who was present at the announcement.

“Bilateral trade between Ireland and China is now worth over €12bn each year and, by strengthening our links with companies like Huawei, we can increase this further in the years ahead.”The new research cooperation with TCD will focus on video intelligence and how the emerging area of artificial intelligence will impact society. It will be supported by the Huawei R&D team in Dublin.

“The Trinity partnership, as part of our growing R&D commitment, highlights our long-term dedication to investment and opportunities in Ireland,” Guo Ping

In addition to R&D, about 30 Irish STEM students have participated in Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme in China. “Creating a world-class ecosystem for scientific research is a key part of Irish Government policy and, over recent years, Ireland put in place a range of measures to improve the environment in this area,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.

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UK:: New jobs in Glasgow as Co-op expansion creates nearly 300 roles

A retailer plans to create almost 300 new jobs as it prepares to open 18 new stores in Scotland this year.

Co-op plans to invest £28 million in the expansion, which will also see a further 20 shops upgraded.

The move is set to create 275 new jobs in 2018.

John McNeill, divisional managing director, said: “Such sustained investment is indicative of our long and proud history in Scotland – we are passionate about serving the many diverse communities across the country and want to give shoppers the opportunity to buy what they want, when they want it, in great looking stores that also give back to the community.”

New stores are lined up for Forres in Moray, Kilmacolm in Inverclyde, Kelty in Fife and Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as other locations.

It comes as part of the firm’s UK-wide plans to invest £160 million in 100 new premises and 150 store makeovers in 2018, which will create an estimated 1,600 jobs.

Co-op is now the fourth largest retailer in Scotland, having seen sales growth of 3.1% over the past year.

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What will shape future smart cities of India? Find out here

A Scottish university has joined forces with two of India’s leading institutions to shape a vision of future cities for India.

A Scottish university has joined forces with two of India’s leading institutions to shape a vision of future cities for India. Glasgow-based University of Strathclyde has signed separate agreements with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and the TERI School of Advanced Studies (SAS) in Delhi. “The aim is to help ensure India’s cities develop in a way that enhances quality of life, supports sustainable economic growth, delivers equitable outcomes for citizens and protects the environment,” the university said in a statement. The agreements, the university added, will see the institutions combine their expertise to tackle some of the major challenges faced by India’s cities as they continue to grow by making use of data to model potential solutions to a variety of problems. Alongside, five Scottish government scholarships were launched for Indian students to study on Strathclyde’s MSc in Global Sustainable Cities programme. Prof Atilla Incecik of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, who signed the MoU with TISS, said, “India’s cities are growing and with that comes a host of challenges—urban planning, pollution and transport. Our partnerships aim to look at how India’s cities of the future can meet the demands placed on them through smarter approaches to policy and design.”

Prof Richard Bellingham of the Institute of Future Cities at University of Strathclyde, who signed the MoU with TERI SAS, added, “Cities consume most of the world’s energy and emit 85% of GHG emissions. If we don’t change the way we live, work and invest in cities, it’ll only continue to grow. That is why it is vital we provide the next generation with the skills to become the leaders in design and delivery of sustainable city strategies.”

The University of Strathclyde has the second-highest population of Indian students in Scotland and works with a number of leading institutions in India.

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Ireland:: Eli Lilly office block will add capacity for 500 new jobs in Cork

US pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is set to add capacity for about 500 new jobs in Cork.

The company has signed contracts for a new €20m office building in Little Island, which will be its second in the city’s Eastgate Business Park.

If the capacity of a new office block is fully realised in the future, the move would more than double the company’s work force at its Little Island base to around 1,000. It already employs 400 people.

Construction is due begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed in 2019.

The Irish Examiner’s Tommy Barker reports that developers O’Flynn Group are set to build the €20m, 70,000 sq ft office block, capable of housing up to 500 workers, for pharma giant Lilly’s Global Business Solutions Centre in Eastgate.

The Lilly deal, a long time in the offing for the 120-acre business park just east of the Jack Lynch Tunnel, will see the O’Flynn Group construct this second, fourth-generation office building to be called Island Hall.

It is to go right next to Lilly’s existing Cork offices footprint, Island House, which they secured from O’Flynn Group at Eastgate in 2013 at a €10m-plus cost.

Now, Lilly are further expanding that presence, bringing their space there up to 135,000 sq ft of offices, and clearly signalling the arrival of several hundred more diverse back-office service jobs locating to Cork in the next few years.

Pharma giant Eli Lilly has been in Ireland since 1976, and has been manufacturing in Dunderrow, Kinsale since 1981, where it employs 500, plus hundreds of contractors, and is actively expanding into the biopharma sector, with a new €200m plant under way.

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