When BlackBerry announced in September that the troubled smartphone maker was laying off upwards of 40% of its workforce, it was clear that the labor market was about to gain scores of unemployed folks with highly specialized talents in the mobile arena.
And it looks like Apple will put some of its vast financial reserves to good use in gobbling up at least some of this talent.
According to a new report in the Financial Post, Apple recently hosted a recruitment drive a short distance away from BlackBerry’s Canadian headquarters.
In the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre on Sept. 26, located in Cambridge, Ont. on the outskirts of the Kitchener-Waterloo region where BlackBerry was born, the iPhone maker invited local talent with the aim of luring them to their Silicon Valley operations.
“Most positions will be based in Cupertino, CA.,” the Financial Post reports, citing a LinkedIn invite sent to an unknown number of BlackBerry employees. “Relocation and immigration assistance will be provided for candidates that are hired, as needed.”
There is no indication as to how many former BlackBerry workers may land at Apple, but it could be a substantial number.