WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

June 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 5
Workforce holds job fairs for Hardin County
Success Story

The Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas mobile unit was on-site at the Hardin County in-person job fair on June 28 to provide computer and internet access to job seekers to submit online applications, conduct job searches, and register in Work in Texas.
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas held both virtual and in-person job fairs to respond to employer needs in the Hardin County area.

A virtual job fair was held on Thursday, May 27, with participating employers including Wal-Mart, Home Instead, USES, Residence Inn, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Synergy Home Care, First Liberty National Bank, Dairy Queen, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Conduent, Be A Champion, and Complete Staffing. Employers were able to chat virtually with job seekers and conduct on-the-spot one-on-one interviews through the Brazen platform. Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas also informed job seekers about resources and other no-cost services available to them. Around 85 job seekers attended the event.

Success Story

Casey Sullivan-Flood, recruiter for Acadian Ambulance, at the Hardin County job fair at the YYAFA in Silsbee
Workforce Solutions followed up with an in-person job fair on Monday, June 28, at the Youth Young Adult Fellowship Alliance (YYAFA) in Silsbee. Participating employers included: Kat Construction, Home Instead, Pine Arbor, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Acadian Ambulance, Cato, AGY Transport, US Navy, Hardin County Tractor, and Cricket Wireless. Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Partners Resource Network also provided information on resources for job seekers. The Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas mobile unit was on-site at the event to provide computer and internet access to job seekers to submit online applications, conduct job searches, and register in Work in Texas.

Success Story

A job seeker uses computer in mobile unit

The need for workers in Hardin County was brought to the Workforce Board's attention at an April meeting of the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI). Christy Brown, executive director of the Silsbee Economic Development Corporation (EDC), expressed that businesses in Silsbee and the Hardin County area were struggling to find enough employees to operate at 100 percent capacity following Governor Greg Abbott's March rescission of COVID-19 restrictions.

In response, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas partnered with the Silsbee EDC and Silsbee, Lumberton, Kountze, and Sour Lake chambers of commerce to assess employer needs.

"Hardin County is grateful for the partnership we have with Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas," Brown said. "We expressed a huge need regarding employment for our area and they used their resources to help our businesses connect with job seekers strategically with a dedicated resource center, as well as a virtual and in-person job fair. This type of partnership is essential to our economy, and we are thankful for the support."

Mary Hammon, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, also expressed appreciation for the partnership.

"Workforce Solutions was happy to partner with the Silsbee EDC, Hardin County chambers, and the YYAFA to provide a venue for employers to hire skilled workers," Hammon said. "Moving forward, we hope to utilize these and other potential partnerships to help us address the needs of our community."

Weekly virtual job fairs are available to employers and job seekers at no-cost to participate. More information can be found on our website at https://setworks.org/job-fairs/ or by calling 1-877-834-5627.

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