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While the priority is to train Alberta's young people, scaffolders are in such short supply the union has brought in 2,500 workers from across Canada, as well as the U.S. and the U.K.
Already, 450 Americans are at various northern Alberta sites and that will rise to 1,000 in the next few weeks.
The union has a working relationship with its Irish counterparts to bring people over on temporary worker permits, and Piper soon will be going on a recruiting trip to England.
The new partnership and training philosophy came from the union's Washington, D.C-based international president Douglas McCarron, who believes it has to be run like a business for the best interests of the industry as a whole.
The Edmonton centre is a smaller version of one built in Las Vegas by McCarron, here today for the official opening.