Taveras and Fung Hold First of Series of Job Fairs Today in Healthcare Industry

Nearly 300 residents met with 30 hiring agencies and nonprofits

Providence, RIThe first in a series of eight industry-specific job fairs was held today with a full house of applicants meeting with 30 healthcare and nonprofit companies.  The standing-room only event offered those companies and the 279 unemployed individuals a chance to meet.

The event was the first of the Mayors’ Job Fairs, hosted by Mayor Angel Taveras of Providence and Mayor Allan W. Fung of Cranston, under the leadership of Workforce Solutions of Providence/ Cranston.

“This was an important opportunity for us to use our positions as Mayors to bring importance to the urgency of unemployment, and to bring together the resources to address it,” said Mayor Taveras.  “We are thankful to the businesses that attended and gave each of the applicants their time and consideration.”

“It was wonderful to be there and see such a strong turnout at our first health care Job Fair.  Our counselors helped connect hundreds of underemployed and unemployed candidates with some outstanding employers in the fast paced healthcare field.  I look forward to the next several joint efforts with the Providence to get our residents back to work,” said Mayor Fung.

More than 140 pre-registered applicants came from at least 24 of the state’s 39 cities and towns including Providence, Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, Middletown, Warwick, West Warwick, Newport, Jamestown, Warren, Westerly, Lincoln, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, Barrington, North Scituate, Smithfield, East Providence, Woonsocket , Portsmouth, Johnston and Narragansett.

Upcoming job fairs will target construction, hospitality & tourism, education, information technology/finance/insurance, manufacturing, retail and banking & accounting. The next event will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 12 noon until 3 pm, and will be construction-industry based, including related businesses such as plumbing and heating, industrial businesses, green companies, architects and roofing.

Representatives of companies and institutions accepted applications and addressed hiring questions.  Participants included:  Lifespan, Benchmark Quality Senior Living, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, EPOCH senior living, Fogarty Center, Home and Hospice of Rhode Island, Memorial Hospital, State of Rhode Island Office of Health and Human Services, Thundermist, Visiting Nurses Home Care, Women and Infants and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Residents are urged to pre-register because space is limited. For the schedule of upcoming job fairs and/or to pre-register, please visit www.providenceri.com/wspc/job-fair-registration or call 401.680.8570. And to find existing job openings, visit www.providenceri.com/wspc and click on Jobs Available Now.   Other businesses interested in participating are also urged to contact us to participate.

The Schedule for the upcoming  job fairs is as follows:

April 17 – Construction

May 15 – Hospitality & Tourism

June 11 – Education

August 14 – Information Technology/finance /insurance

September 4 – Manufacturing

September 18 – Retail

November 13 – Banking and accounting

“This is exactly the kind of effort we have to take to tackle the difficult challenges unemployment presents,” said James S. Bennett, Director of Economic Development for the City of Providence.  “There are no simple answers but certainly working with other leaders to bring employers and potential employees together can help to address this very serious problem.”

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