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One hundred-twenty youth representing more than half the cities and towns in the state
attend a seasonal job fair at CCRI-Newport.

Job Fair Connects Youth to Summer Work

       

In May, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training partnered with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Rhode Island to sponsor the Newport County Summer Seasonal Job Fair for adults and youth, held at the CCRI – Newport Campus. The Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Hospitality and Tourism Association reached out to their memberships for employer participation, while CCRI forwarded an e-blast announcing the job fair to the entire CCRI student body.

The DLT Youth Services Division tapped into the Statewide Youth System of 13 Youth Centers to market the fair to young job seekers aged 14-24. In addition, DLT reached out to the four netWORKri One-Stop Career Centers, the Newport Re-Employment Center, the RI Department of Human Services, the Office of Rehabilitative Services and the RI Department of Education School-Based Coordinators. These efforts were a great success, with youth accounting for 120 of the 200 job seekers attending the job fair.

Job Fair
photo courtesy of RI Hospitality

 

A different view of the Job Fair
photo courtesy of RI Hospitality

 

In spite of the rainy, windy weather, a steady stream of applicants filed into CCRI’s atrium with résumés in hand, eager to land a summer job with one of the following companies: Newport Hotel Group, Hyatt Regency Newport, Fine Catering by Russell Morin, Hotel Viking, Courtyard Marriott, Newport Harbor Hotel, Preservation Society of Newport, Napa Valley Grille, Newport Grand, Fort Adams Trust, Victorian Ladies Inn, Sakonnet Vineyards, IDC, Inc., The Newport Experience, Touro Synagogue Foundation and People’s Credit Union. While job seekers of all ages were excited with the promise of employment at some of the area’s finest hospitality venues, participating employers were equally pleased with the number and caliber of applicants.  One employer stated that she came in with 50 blank applications and was leaving with 50 completed.  Another employer stated that she had “hired on the spot.”

 

 

In addition to Aquidneck Island, youth traveled from Bristol, Barrington, Riverside, Rumford, Tiverton, Adamsville, Jamestown, Saunderstown, Narragansett, Wakefield, West Kingston, East Greenwich, Coventry, Cranston, Warwick, Providence, Johnston and Mansfield, MA, to attend the fair—representing more than half the cities and towns in the state.

Discussion at the desk
photo courtesy of RI Hospitality

 


 
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