Ansonia job fair features trades, health care fields – CTPost


Darlene Costanini, a volunteer, adjusts suits at the “Shop for Success!” sale held at The WorkPlace’s Dress for Success office in Bridgeport, Conn. Feb. 16, 2018. The WorkPlace will co-host a jobs fair in Ansonia June 30.
ANSONIA — Naugatuck Valley residents looking for a job are in luck. Ansonia High School is hosting a jobs fair on June 30.
The event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature about 55 employers, including retailers such as CVS and training programs for the trades and health care industry.
There will also be a variety of services to help job seekers, including resume help, headshots and workforce attire for job interviews courtesy of Dress for Succcess. The event is free to attend.
State Rep. Kara Rochelle said the job fair would help strengthen the area.
“Having a good-paying job and economic stability is so important for the wellbeing of our residents and for strengthening our community,” she said. “Whether someone is unemployed, underemployed, or looking to make the transition to a new career, this job fair will connect jobseekers to the support they need to gain valuable training, experience, and more.”
The city has struggled with unemployment. Connecticut has an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent while Ansonia has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state at 6.1 percent as of April according to the state’s Department of Labor. Only Hartford has a higher unemployment rate at 6.9 percent. Derby’s unemployment rate is 5.1 percent.
Career Resources and The Workplace, which are job placement and training services, will be in attendance. The Workplace offers an apprentice program where adult and teen applicants can be placed on either a manufacturing or health care career track. Apprentices are paid as they learn a trade, so there is no cost.
Career Resources offers job placement, especially for formerly incarcerated people attempting to re-enter the job market.
Career Resources is based in Bridgeport but has a satellite office in Ansonia. Scott Wilderman, president and CEO, said he’s excited to help job seekers.
“We’re pleased to partner with Rep. Rochelle in offering excellent career opportunities for those residing in the Lower Valley region. We are excited about the many different employers that have signed on and hope that those seeking a new career, or a better opportunity will attend this event,” Wilderman said.
Not only will attendees get free headshots, clothes and resume help, they will also get fed courtesy of Griffin Hospital. Attendees can get a chance to win door prizes. Those without reliable transportation can catch a ride with a shuttle making pickups and drop offs in Ansonia and Derby.
Shuttles will operate on a 45 minute loop starting at 1 p.m. with stops at Derby Green, Nolan Field, the corner of North Main Street and 4th Street in Ansonia and the Beaver Brook apartments on Beaver Street.

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