9/12/16 – Caldwell is Hiring set for Thursday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center

Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by admin


September 12, 2016


With the extensive assistance and training opportunities available at the Caldwell is Hiring event on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, organizers say that job-seekers should take advantage of every opportunity they can.


A total of 49 companies, tied with the record number at the April Caldwell is Hiring, will be there to fill more than 1,800 jobs. About 10 percent of the companies have not been to previous installments of Caldwell is Hiring, which began in 2010 and is offered twice a year, Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray said.


Jobs with Chick-fil-A, which expects to open a new restaurant in Lenoir in early 2017, and 80 Acres Agriculture, a company opening in Granite Falls to manufacture equipment for vertical farming, are expected to be the most sought out companies, Murray said.


“We know that those two will probably have the longest lines, and we’ll event put the room together so that we can handle the traffic,” Murray said.


In an effort to better prepare participants for the event, free pre-registration is available through NCWorks, a state agency that works with job-seekers and employers, to help participants with constructing their resumes and to provide advice  on how to interview well and what to wear. The local NCWorks office is in the lower-floor entrance of the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce building, which is next to the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. The pre-registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 12.


So far close to 175 people have signed up for pre-registration, said Ben Willis, the director of technical services for continuing education and workforce development at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute.


“We would love to see more people take advantage of this opportunity,” Willis said, adding that the people who sign up for pre-registration are typically the people who are more driven to find a job.


Those who don’t pre-register can still register at the event.


College representatives will also be available for information on enrolling in any training classes that may be required for a particular job, Willis said.


“We’re able to help people move into these jobs even if they don’t have the skills,” Willis said. “There’s tons of resources to help people who may not have what they need.”


Willis said enrollment in training programs increases after the event and can take from three to six months. There’s almost always high enrollment in furniture upholstery, truck driving, and nurse aide programs.


“We expose each individual to job opportunities and to the resources to help them empower themselves to be more successful,” Willis said.


By Briana Adhikusuma, (Lenoir) News-Topic



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