Virginia Career Works-Capital Region and its network of partners will hold a job fair and resource event Friday, June 21 following the closure of the Colortree Group printing plant in Henrico County.
Dozens of local companies have contacted local workforce and economic development agencies in hopes of hiring some of the 240 employees displaced by the plant closure. The job fair is open to all job seekers, not just those formerly employed by Colortree.
The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community College Workforce Alliance’s Workforce Development & Conference Center at Reynolds Community College, 1651 E. Parham Road.
“The fact that our region’s employers are reaching out to recruit these individuals has been very encouraging,” said Brian Davis, executive director of the Capital Region Workforce Partnership. “It’s a testament to our business community and the Richmond region’s business climate, as well as the strength of the relationships within our workforce system.”
Employers interested in registering for the fair are encouraged to contact the Virginia Employment Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 652-3233.
Virginia Career Works-Capital Region assists individuals with unemployment compensation, conducts workshops on résumé writing and interviewing skills, and provides other support for job readiness. It also offers grant-funded training toward certifications in high-demand occupations, helps participants obtain and keep health care, and provides other assistance. For more information, go to vcwcapital.com.
Davis applauded local employers for stepping up to help the displaced workers and other job seekers.
“We are committed to serving our stakeholders on all sides of workforce development issues such as this,” he said. “The ‘supply’ and the ‘demand’ sides of employment both spoke, and we listened.”