Upstate’s Leading Manufacturers, 10 Staffing Firms Collaborate to Host Mega-Job Fair Thursday

Companies Seek Candidates to Fill Free Training Programs, Hundreds of Manufacturing Positions

Greenville, SC -- March 5, 2012 – Ten of the region’s leading staffing organizations representing dozens of the Upstate’s most prominent manufacturing employers will come together in one place Thursday to recruit candidates for hundreds of unfilled positions, and to attract candidates to participate in free and low-cost training programs designed to give trainees a leg up in landing lucrative career positions in manufacturing, organizers announced today.

“We will have presentations by some of the area’s most coveted employers – including Michelin, Standard Motor Products, Advanced Technology Services, ZF Transmissions, Ellcon National and others -- along with recruiters from ten of the leading staffing firms doing business in the Upstate, to identify candidates for jobs now, and to encourage others who need to enhance their skills to participate in free training programs,” said Laura Harmon, project director of Greenville Works. “There are jobs to be filled today, and we want talent to join us for this job fair. We believe there are hundreds of additional individuals out there who, with modest enhancement of their skills by participating in the free and low-cost training programs, can be excellent candidates for these attractive jobs in just a matter of a few weeks. We hope for a big turnout.”

The Manufacturing Job Fair will be held Thursday, March 8th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at McAlister Square Mall in Greenville. Both entry level and experienced positions with top manufacturing employers in the Upstate are being recruited for, and candidates who need additional training or certification will be provided with personalized direction on the training they need, and how and where to receive it, to become eligible for consideration for the positions, officials announced.

Positions being recruited for range from entry level to experienced, and include warehouse support, CNC machinists, forklift operators, machine operators, assemblers, and multi-skilled maintenance technicians, said John Baker, director of Greenville Works. “We have numerous manufacturers across the Upstate that are seeking to expand their workforce, and we are looking for talented, motivated employees to place in a wide range of manufacturing positions. And for many candidates interested in joining the team of one of these top manufacturers but maybe needing to enhance their skill sets, we’ll have information and sign-ups on free and low-cost training programs designed to do just that.”

Applications will be taken for positions Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the central stage area of McAlister Square Mall. Applicants should bring a resume with them if they have one. Depending on turnout, follow-up interviews may be scheduled over the next several days. Information on the various training programs, including WorkKeys certification, will also be available at the job fair, being executed with support from United Way of Greenville County, SC Works, SHARE, Greenville Literacy, Goodwill, United Ministries, Greenville Housing Authority, and Lifelong Learning Center.

While any Upstate candidate may attend the job fair, Greenville County residents have the opportunity to receive training, at no or low cost, that may lead to employment with a number of transportation manufacturing employers in and around Greenville County. The initiative is made possible in part by the support of the Greenville Regional Workforce Collaborative, with funding coming through grants from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and several regional and local foundations and organizations.
Training will be provided to individuals selected for the program and will involve an intensive 5-week training regimen. For those interested in an outstanding career in transportation manufacturing, additional information regarding the training program, types of jobs, and commitment are located at www.CareerSkillsNow.com website. An online application is available there as well.

“In today’s competitive arena, companies want the best talent available to grow and improve their organizations,” said Harmon. “These are quality career positions with quality organizations, pay very competitive wages and typically include benefit packages. We are looking for quality candidates to join these manufacturers, and many additional candidates to get trained so that they can rapidly move into consideration for great career opportunities as well.”

For additional information, interested parties can visit www.CareerSkillsNow.com or www.GreenvilleWorks.com.

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