Londoners look to scoop up Nestle positions at job fair

Chandler Morgan is among the applicants looking to score a position at a job fair for London's Nestle plant on June 21, 2018. Jaclyn Carbone, 980 CFPL

Londoners in the market for a new job have been flocking to the city’s south end, hoping to nab a position with one of the city’s biggest employers.

Nestle Canada is hiring for 150 new full-time positions as it expands production at its plan on Wilton Grove Road. The facility manufactures a number of products which are shipped across the country.

Nestle announced the $51.5-million expansion of its plant earlier this year.

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The job fair was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Thursday, but the London factory’s human resource manager Jen Watts said it opened the doors to the Hellenic Community Centre on Southdale Road West 45 minutes early. A steady stream of people has been filing in ever since.

“I’m really excited. I think it’s going to be fantastic for the factory and hopefully for a lot of people here today.”

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The company says it’s looking for candidates who are available to work 40 hours per week, on all shifts, have basic computer skills and proof of high school education or equivalency.

“The day shift would start between 6 and 7, the afternoon shift between 2 and 3, and the night shift between 10 and 11 and they could be on any of those shifts,” said Watts.

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Chandler Morgan, who just recently graduated high school, was one of the applicants on hand.

“I see that there’s a lot of opportunity for advancement so I’m thinking if I can work a few years here maybe I can work my way up.”

Another applicant, Jim LaFrance, said he was drawn to the company because of its strong reputation and its product.

“[It’s a] different style of manufacturing than automotive, particularly with potential tariffs from the States on steel and cars.”

The fair is scheduled to run until 4 p.m. If you choose to attend, bring a resume.

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