dj4761 wrote:Hello! I have a son about six month fresh out of high school and just turned 18. He is bound and determined to go to Fort Mac or somewhere up north to get a job and is planning on leaving sometime in February to look for jobs. Here's the deal:
1 - He plans on getting a job as a labourer but has no construction skills nor has he worked in any trades.
2 - He hopes to get hired on in a camp of some sort and hopes to avoid having to find an apartment or suite.
3 - To my knowledge, he's only tentatively been looking for jobs online so far.
I've been scouring the internet and this forum trying to get a sense of what the situation is really like up there and I am asking for advice I can forward to my son. I appreciate any insights from the members here and I'm hoping MacDaddy will chime in.
Coming up here without work lined up is a huge mistake, jobs are not that plentiful atm that you just come to town and people line up to offer you work. In fact any job beyond retail (which puts you in poverty in FM) is competitive and many people will be trying to get the job.
"Getting hired on in a camp" is not that simple. I am not sure most people understand what "camp" is. "Camp" is basically a huge hotel that serves meals, has varying degrees of comfort, and which cost upwards of $200 per a night+ for a single person. Companies pay for people to stay in camp, as expensive as hotel rooms in Fort McMurray are most are cheaper then a stay at "Camp". Most people who stay at camp do not work in the camp, they work on site and commute to and from camp each day. A single month in "camp" costs about $5,000 give or take. People do not simply come up here and get put up in camp, it is expensive and people are there for a reason. Most camps are also 30 to 45 minutes from Fort McMurray at the minimum. As MacDaddy said, when he is not working in no way is a company going to pay for him to stay in camp and there is no way anyone up here would spend the money themselves to stay in one, even if it were possible, most camps require the room be booked by a company and individuals cannot even book a room.
Your son needs to have his thing in order and a job lined up before coming up here or he will be completely lost in a very cold city (cold in more ways then one).