Mar-21-14 Christie Administration’s Inaugural Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Industry Week Draws More Than 1,100 Job-Seekers to Newark Liberty Airport Fair
NEWARK, N.J., March 21, 2013 – The Christie Administration continued to spotlight New Jersey’s important Retail, Hospitality and Tourism industry today during a job readiness training and career fair that attracted more than 1,100 job-seekers to apply for positions at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The event, held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, concluded a week of activities conducted between March 17 and March 21 by the state Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network created by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The Talent Network, the Department of Labor, the Essex County One-Stop Career Center and Westfield Group, an international company, assisted in hosting and screening potential hires for a wide-range of employment opportunities at the airport.
More than 24 employers from hotels, restaurants and terminal companies interviewed candidates for more than 300 available positions. Many people were hired on the spot. The Retail, Hospitality and Tourism sector’s first-ever industry week allowed business leaders, educational experts and government leaders to explore opportunities for employment and economic growth within the Garden State. They also exhibited resources for job-seekers searching for careers and businesses searching for talent in the industry cluster.
“Retail, Hospitality and Tourism is one of seven industry clusters around which the department created Talent Networks to give employers the ability to pinpoint the skills, education and training they need to find in prospective employees so our educational and training institutions can prepare our workforce in those areas,” said Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths. “One of every four workers in New Jersey is already working in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism, so it is a vitally important industry in the state.”
The leadership of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network is shared between Fairleigh Dickinson University in North Jersey and the Richard Stockton College in South Jersey because of the extensive programs each institution offers students in hospitality and tourism management.
Sandra Bleckman, director of RHT TN at Fairleigh Dickinson University, said, “The Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network-North has received an overwhelmingly gracious welcome from employers, educators and jobseekers alike. In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor, we have connected jobseekers to employers and informed both on the many resources that are available. We celebrate the many exciting, fulfilling and sustainable careers that exist within Retail, Hospitality & Tourism success during our first industry week.”
"The Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network is working relentlessly to uncover the career pathways in our industries,” said Caitlyn E. Bradley Weiss, director of RHT TN at Stockton College. “We encourage our partners including job seekers, educational institutions and government to explore the opportunity and value in these career pathways and to seek the resources available through LWD to help strengthen their labor force."
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development created Talent Networks to focus on the specific needs of key industries in the state in order to achieve the common goal of helping current job-seekers develop relevant skills that lead to job opportunities. They also are designed to help employers find qualified employees and ensure that New Jerseyans have access to training and educational opportunities that lead to the jobs of the future. The other six Talent Networks are: Technology and Entrepreneurship; Health Care; Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution; Life Sciences; Advanced Manufacturing; and Financial Services.
For more information about New Jersey’s Talent Networks:
- Visit: http://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/partners/talent/talent_networks.shtml
- Contact: Judy Formalarie, Talent Network Project Manager
- email@example.com or (609) 984-4178
- Contact: Terrance Leverett, Senior Project Manager, Talent Networks
- firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 292-5750
More than 1,100 job-seekers attended the Job Fair hosted today by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network, the Essex County One-Stop Career Center and Westfield Group.