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Job fair is in the works

Unemployed construction workers have been invited to a job fair at the Bermuda College.

Around 20 construction companies will be present at the event, which runs from 10am to 3pm on February 23.

It is being hosted in collaboration with the Construction Association of Bermuda and Woodworkers’ Association of Bermuda.

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Patrice Minors said: “Employers have agreed to participate in an effort to interview, identify and hopefully hire unemployed individuals who have had some experience working in this sector.

“I have attended several meetings over the past several weeks and have heard from individuals that are finding it increasingly difficult to find work in such categories as masonry and carpentry. We encourage those individuals to attend this job fair to meet with employers and submit applications as required. The Ministry is currently reviewing work permits and can say with some level of certainty that there will be vacancies.”

Construction Association president Charles Dunstan said: “One of the problems we are encountering is a lack of good data on unemployment. Most of us know someone who has been affected and lost a job, and anecdotal evidence tells us that most construction employers have reduced in size over the past two years, some considerably.

“While some of this reduction was achieved by non-renewal of overseas labour contracts, there remains an unknown local component. How many people are out there, and what are their skillsets?”

Pre-registration for the job fair begins tomorrow at the National Training Board in the Brown Brangman Building on the corner of King and Reid Streets in Hamilton.

Mrs Minors asked those interested in attending to make sure they have updated copies of their resume and references to bring to the fair. Those without resumes can visit the Department of Labour and Training where staff will give free assistance.

Employers interested in participating should telephone 292-0633 or e-mail caob[AT]logic.bm

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Patrice Minors yesterday announced Government would hold a job fair for construction workers later this month. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published February 15, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 15, 2012 at 6:32 am)

Job fair is in the works

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