by Terry Rogers
On Monday, April 8, Milford High School, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford and the Department of Labor will hold a Job Fair in the Milford High School gym. High school students will be able to visit the Job Fair from 1:30 to 2:30 PM while the fair will be open to the public from 3:30 to 6 PM.
“With over 45 businesses registered, we have opportunities for all participants,” Bridget Amory, Director of Student Learning, said. “The job fair has been split into two segments: student and community. Our goal for the students is to provide eligible students with the opportunity to engage with local employers and further develop their understanding of employment requirements and wage opportunities before opening the fair to our greater community.”
Businesses planning to attend the fair include DART, Transamerica, Seawatch, Shore United Bank, Bayhealth, IG Burton, Perdue, Growmark, Planet Fitness, the City of Milford, Grotto’s, the Department of Corrections, Sobieski and more.
“The CCGM Economic Development Commission Workforce Development Team includes members from the Milford School District and the Delaware Department of Labor, so we’ve been working together to find the best solutions to have people ready to fill open job positions to keep the economy growing,” Jo Schmeiser, Executive Director of CCGM, said. “The need for a local job fair was recognized during conversations at our Economic Development Commission meetings, so planning began last year. During those conversations, it was also discussed that there hasn’t been a dual job fair ever in the state, so the folks at Milford High School jumped on board to provide the high school as the location, making it convenient for both students and adults.”
Schmeiser explained that some companies are planning to conduct on-the-spot interviews, so attendees should bring a current resume and dress as if they are coming to an interview. She stated that those who are seeking employment, whether they are students or adults, should be prepared as if they are immediately entering the job force.
“Events like the job fair provide information and exposure to jobs that otherwise people may not be aware of, and/or even know positions like these exist,” Schmeiser said. “At this job fair, people can also expect an opportunity for training, which will provide apprenticeship opportunities giving a boost to job skills, which will, in turn, increase wages that could improve the quality of life for individuals and families.”
Amory said that the district is proud to partner with the two other organizations to bring opportunities not only to students but to anyone in the community seeking employment.
“We are proud to help bring awareness to the career opportunities in our Greater Milford Community,” Amory said. “It is critical that we remain engaged with our local business and industry representatives to ensure we are preparing our students for success and assist in producing a strong workforce for the community. We are fortunate for the great support we have from our community partners.”
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