Youth Job Fair Coming

Youth Job Fair Coming More than a dozen employers - ready and anxious to hire - will be on hand Wednesday, May 24, 2005, when the Burlington County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) sponsors its fifth annual Youth Job Fair at the Burlington County Human Services Facility, 795 Woodlane Road, Westampton.

The Youth Job Fair will run from 2-6 p.m. and is open to youth ages 16-21 who are seeking employment. Participants should dress appropriately (business attire is recommended), bring at least 30 copies of their resume, and prepare to be interviewed and possibly hired on the spot.

The Job Fair is sponsored by the Workforce Investment Board, the Youth Investment Council and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The ninth annual county-wide Job Fair for prospective adult employees ages 18 and older is scheduled for June 30th at Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 50 employers are expected to attend.

“Burlington County continues to stay ahead of national averages in many areas of economic growth and development,’’ Freeholder Aubrey A. Fenton said. “The Youth Job Fair is a chance for our young adults to find viable employment, and it’s also a chance for our employers to step to the plate and make a mark on our workforce of the future.’’

“Successful economic development relies on several key components, and one of those components is an experienced and educated workforce,’’ he continued. “This is where that starts.’’

In the past 10 years, Burlington County has experienced more than 50,000 new jobs and 2,600 new businesses.

“This Freeholder Board supports education, and many businesses have indicated that they were attracted to Burlington County by the quality of our employment force, and the fact that the vocational training in our county is second to none, ‘’ Fenton continued.

“We encourage all businesses to make an investment in our future by creating opportunities for our youth,’’ Workforce Investment Board Chairman Robert Santare said. “With the right opportunities and proper training, that investment will pay dividends.’’

“It’s up to each individual to prove themselves, highlight strengths and abilities, to outshine their peers and win that job,’’ said Workforce Investment Board and Youth Investment Council Chairperson Barbara Weir. “Not every youth will walk away with a job, but they will walk away with the experience of completing an application or meeting with an employer, and that experience is so valuable.’’

“We are proud that this program continues to grow and that we provide a tremendous stepping stone for our youth,’’ Weir added.

Weir said the WIB is joining with Helping To Fight Hunger this year, and plans to have a free gift for the first 150 youths who attend and bring a canned good. All canned goods will be donated to the Christian Caring Center.

Industry groups expected to be represented include, but are not limited to, Burger King, Fish Window Cleaning, J&J Staffing Resources, Jiffy Lube, Kaye Personnel, Lord & Taylor, McDonald’s, SaladWorks, ShopRite of Delran, Sunoco, Target, UPS, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy and WalMart.

Those seeking additional information - employers or job seekers - should call (609) 265-5603 or check www.burlcowib.com.

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