The Upstate Workforce Investment Board will hold an Upstate Workforce Expo 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The expo will include a job fair featuring more than 25 employers — some of them from Union County; job readiness workshops; and information on community employment resources, job training and entrepreneurial activities.
Beth Fowler, WIB business services team member, said the mixture reflects the limited job opportunities in the present economy.
“Typically in the past we’ve just kept it as a job fair; we’ve had two a year for the past three years,” she said. “This year because of the economic situation there’s not as many employers currently hiring and we felt there was a greater need to provide resources to help people get through these hard times and get prepared for when it turns around.”
Another difference is the “preferred pass” which Mrs. Fowler said will give persons actively pursuing employment an opportunity to meet early with employers participating in the expo. “These passes will allow individuals to enter the job fair an hour before the general public,” she said. “To receive one of these passes an individual can come to any of the CareerSource locations and we’ll give them a portfolio to include an updated resume, a completed application; any certificates or other documentation they might have to present to employers.
“These passes will not be given out to just anyone, but only to people who have been truly making an effort to become employed,” she said. “These will be people who we can certify to an employer as having made a serious effort to use all possible resources to find employment. They do not have to have come to a CareerSource center previously, but we will check to see if they have done everything required for the preferred pass.”
Buffalo United Methodist Church will provide free transportation to and from the expo.
For more information, call 864-427-4119 or TTY-711.