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Frequently Asked Questions - Employment

Q. What are the employment opportunities presented by the Voisey's Bay development?
A Vale employs people to support its operations in Voisey’s Bay, Labrador and the engineering and planning for the processing plant in Long Harbour, Newfoundland. Currently there are 600 people employed by Vale in all facets of its operations. Once the Long Harbour Processing Plant is operational in 2013, an additional 480 people will be employed.
Q. When will construction of the Long Harbour Processing Plant begin?
A. Initial construction on the processing plant began in 2009 and is scheduled for completion in 2013.
Q. How many construction jobs will be available at the Long Harbour Processing Plant?
A. During the construction phase approximately 5,750 person-years of employment will be created.  Further information on the trade skills required to support the construction program can be found in the Environmental Impact Statement, Executive Summary, Page 24.  [Please allow time for the executive summary document to download].
Q. Will Vale be hiring construction trades to build the Long Harbour Processing Plant?
A. Vale will be using contractors to construct the Long Harbour Processing Plant.  These contractors will hire all of the construction trades people required to support the construction program. 
Q. Will the construction site be unionized?
A. The construction site will be governed by a collective agreement which has been negotiated between Vale and the Newfoundland and Labrador Building and Construction Trades Council.  Anyone working on the construction site at Long Harbour must be a member of one of the building trade unions. 
Q. How do I join a building trade union if I am not currently a member?
A. Anyone interested in pursuing membership in a building trade union should contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Building and Construction Trades Council by visiting their website
Q. When will Vale Newfoundland & Labrador Limited begin hiring for operations? 
A. The recruitment of some of the management team for the operations workforce is currently underway. The recruitment efforts to fill the remainder of the approximately 480 required positions within the Refinery, Leach Plant, Site Services, Port and support functions will begin in 2012 and continue into 2013. Employment opportunities related the operations phase of the processing plant will be posted on the Vale Limited Careers page.

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