(PRWEB) May 10, 2012
Isra Group Holdings is proud to annouce the extension of its recruitment and service contract for construction workers from Vietnam and Ukraine for the Province of Alberta (Canada). The previous agreement was signed for three years and expires in June 2012. Under the terms of this agreement, the Canadian division of Isra Group Holdings, being the exclusive contractor, tested and recruited more than two thousand workers from Ukraine and Vietnam to work on construction sites in the Province of Alberta.
Workers from Vietnam were mainly employed as bricklayers, steel fixers, carpenters, facing workers and house painters/plasterers, while workers from Ukraine met the employer’s demands in such professions as roofers, gas and arc welders, and shovel and bulldozer operators.
The agreement signed in 2009 was a pilot agreement, both for the Province of Alberta and for the construction companies. Previously, construction workers were mainly employed under terms of international agreements with Mexico and the Philippines. However, the low skill levels of workers, lack of testing and constant personnel turnover forced the companies to look for alternatives.
Isra Group Holdings undertook unprecedented obligations, not only in testing and employing the personnel, but in arranging and providing living conditions of workers throughout the contract period, including providing translation services, national cuisine, cultural events and transportation from Canada for all personnel upon completion of the contract.
According to Matthew Kogan, CEO of Isra Group Holdings in North America, the contract, signed in 2008, seemed to be a very ambitious one despite the vast experience and success of Isra Group Holdings in many projects, including projects in Israel, where the Group had a leading position in the international workforce market and a substantive financial base.
It is no secret that the company faced some difficulties during its first year, mainly in arranging accommodation for workers from Vietnam. Vietnamese workers have a sound technical basis and work experience, and gained a good reputation among Canadian employers, but they require understanding and respect for their traditions, eating habits and leisure activities. It took time to teach employers how to build relationships with these workers to achieve the best results. The success exceeded the company’s expectations, as well as those of its clients. This success was made possible with the help of a Vietnamese cultural center and Vietnamese Embassy representatives, and Isra Group Holdings is very grateful for this assistance. The project is in its final stage, and more than 85% of the workers have already left Canada. Isra Group Holdings proudly fulfilled all of its obligations to its clients and the immigration authorities of Alberta. This helped the company to extend the contract to 2015, under the terms of which the company plans to bring an additional 2000 workers from Vietnam and up to 200 workers from Ukraine. Demand for construction workers is constantly increasing, and Isra Group Holdings is planning to sign a contract for a similar project with our Canadian partners from the Province of Saskatchewan. As to other countries, the Group plans to open a branch in Russia, M.state Company, which will specialize in providing construction workers for Moscow and the Moscow Region. Moreover, Isra Group Holdings plans to continue its fruitful cooperation with farmers’ associations in Germany.