The Working Abroad Expo, which will kick off in Cork tomorrow, had to cancel online ticket sales after receiving unprecedented demand for the event.
The exhibition, which aims to help people secure jobs abroad, made the decision to cancel advertising and stop online tickets in light of the Dublin event.
The RDS experienced queues so long that gates were closed at 2.25pm to prevent any further admissions.
Responding to criticism that the Dublin exhibition was out of control, exhibition director, Stephen McLarnon, said many people thought the British Columbia construction association that were over offering 300,000 construction jobs, and the Working Abroad Expo, were the same event.
“The British Columbia region had a stand and a few people from the British Columbia construction association were on the stand. We didn’t know they were coming, they were only one of the participants so we hadn’t anticipated the huge numbers.”
Mr McLarnon said he would strongly advise anyone attending the event to look on their website and come to the event only if their is something that you are interested in.
Over 800 tickets have already been pre-booked online and the organisers are looking into extending the opening hours.
The event will feature 50 companies recruiting from the exhibition floor for jobs across all disciplines, including healthcare, construction and farming sectors.
The expo promises a huge number of job opportunities for Irish people in Australia and Canada.
Mr McLarnon said this year’s exhibition is very much a global jobs expo.
“We have over 50 direct employers and recruiters with jobs immediately available. Canadian and Australian companies have become a lot more proactive about recruiting from Ireland,” said Mr McLarnon.
“For the first time ever, people coming through the door will be handed a list of jobs and we’ll be pointing them in the direction of prospective employers in Cork.”
For the many people affected by the construction collapse, the Australian construction sector will be well represented through Monadelphous Engineering Group; Winslow Construction, the Mineral and Metals Group and the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce, all of whom are looking to recruit.
Australian healthcare professionals will also feature, with Queensland Health, WA Health and Melbourne Health all recruiting.
The exhibition takes place tomorrow at the Sliver Springs Hotel, Cork, from 12pm to 7pm.
* For information on the event visit workingabroadexpo.com
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