Cowan International is a world leader in expatriate recruitment for the resources, engineering and construction industries. We provide value-added services in specialized recruitment. At Cowan, we believe in forming real partnerships. We’ve been building them for over 50 years. And we build them worldwide.
International Training Expertis
Globalization has changed the recruitment playing field. Now, staff in the developing world must be assessed and trained to meet international health, safety and performance standards. Cowan Training provides flexible, on-site training and assessment services through qualified trainers with extensive industry experience.
Global Resources Recruitment
With offices in Canada, the USA, South Africa and Australia, our global professionals use centralized knowledge management to provide qualified permanent or contract personnel. We work together like the family who founded the company; sharing ideas, experience and knowledge. The standards we employ internally result in long-term, mutually rewarding relationships with our candidates and clients.
Corporate and social responsibility
Having a positive impact on local communities is inherent in what we do. We place people who will have a lasting impact on developing regions. Together, we invest ourselves and invest our lives toward making the world a better place, because at Cowan we all recognize our responsibility to future generations.
At Cowan, we build long-term, mutually rewarding relationships with our candidates and clients. This means that we become an extension of our clients’ human resources departments.
Finding the recruitment balance
Global reach, global expertise
Your trusted partner
All levels of recruitment
Mining & metals
Our experience recruiting for the mining and metals sector spans over 40 years and more than 50 countries in Africa, South & Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific, as well as Canada and the USA.
Recruiting across the life-cycle
We recruit for the entire mining and metals life-cycle, including all disciplines, sectors and supporting industries:
We provide personnel for all mining sectors (base and precious metals, ferrous and non-ferrous, aluminum, industrial minerals) at all levels including management, professional and technical staff.
Mining & more
The technical expertise and professional disciplines we recruit for cross industry lines, and our vast database correlates relevant experience wherever it applies.
Emerging and specialized sectors EPCM
Greenfield or brownfield mine sites, project managers, engineering management, contracts specialists through the entire life-cycle: design, construction and commissioning.
EnergyElectric, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, renewable.
Oil & GasExploration, processing, distribution.
ChemicalPulp & paper, cement, fertilizer, plastics, food & beverage.
We know and understand the cultures and environments where we source people. We have placed hundreds of people in dozens of countries for decades.
Africa and beyond
Some of our recent candidates have been placed in the following sectors:
Whatever your career level, we will do our utmost to find the best match between your expectations and those of our clients. Everyone wins when everyone is satisfied. Long rotations away from families or new environments for children can be challenging, so we evaluate everyone’s needs to ensure that placements fit on every level before moving forward.
In addition to recruiting employees, Cowan provides logistics services to relocate them and their families if necessary. We can ensure that new recruits have secure visas, complete medical examinations, book timely flights, etc. before they arrive at their new posts. We can handle:
Feedback from both clients and candidates tells us that seamless relocations are a welcome solution to a challenging process.