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Club 2000 Niagara Job Fair

WELLAND — Job seekers, get your resumes ready — a job fair is being hosted at Club Social Wednesday.

Employment counsellor Rachelle DiCrosta with Centre D'Emploi 2000 said the job fair, which is a project of Club 2000 Niagara, will have employers in skilled trades, hospitality and tourism, small business and customer service and retail.

The job fair will run from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Job seekers are asked to use the back door as lineups are anticipated.

Employers expected to be on hand include Marineland, Avon Canada, Niagara Parks Commission, Welland Recreational Canal Corp., Ontario Travel Information Centres, Convergys, Niagara Clifton Group, Inniskillin & Jackson Triggs, Sitel Corp., Paul's Lawncare and Canadian Tire Financial Services. There will also be drop boxes for resumes for about 16 employers in retail and hospitality sectors.

While skilled trades employment opportunities might be hard to come by in Niagara, DiCrosta said there are companies looking for people with the right skills.

"We will have ITS Staffing Solutions from Burlington and they are looking for individuals specialized in skilled trades and … people with welding and fitting experience, machining and millwright for the areas of Grimsby, Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Burlington up to the GTA."

For people who have lost their jobs with the closure and scaling back of local plant operations, including former John Deere or Atlas Steels employees, this might just be a chance to find employment a short drive from home.

"A lot of people with skilled trades are here in this region. And these jobs are within travelling distance," DiCrosta said.

Club 2000 executive director Lucie Huot said the organization wants to ensure people realize it's not giving "the impression we're not promoting Niagara as a workplace."

"We're trying to help people adapt to job opportunities that exist in the area."

Travelling to just outside the region, Huot said, has its own benefit as well.

"It gives them the benefit of an affordable lifestyle and an opportunity to look outside the immediate area for high wage jobs."

Wednesday's job fair will also have a wide variety of employment opportunities in other sectors and for summer, part-time and full-time employment.

Considering the turnout for the Rona job fair last moth that drew more than 3,500 people, Club 2000 expects to see a large group of job seekers Wednesday.

Last year, the Club 2000 job fair drew about 500 people. This year a minimum of 1,000 are expected.

"There will also be information on Second Careers and Ontario Office Works will have information for people who want to start their own business," said DiCrosta.

Second Careers is a government program providing laid-off or unemployed workers opportunity to go back to school for a second career.

Job seekers are reminded to attend the job fair with copies of their cover letters and resumes in hand — dress for success, too. Although Club 2000 focuses on French services, this job fair is open to everyone — anyone seeking employment.

For more information, people can contact Centre D'Emploi 2000 at 905-714-1480 or Club 2000 at 905-714-0491. People can also visit www.centre-emploi2000.com or www.club2000niagara.com.






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