PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2017

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the County’s Workforce Innovation Business Center is recruiting qualified applicants to fill 100 full and part-time positions at two prospective employers in Elizabeth and Newark.

The first employer, Foodtown, is scheduled to open a 25,000-square foot grocery story in Elizabeth by the end of the winter season, and is seeking to hire 50 Union County residents through the Workforce Innovation Business Center.

“The Workforce Innovation Center has been a great success and continues to help residents find employment in the greater Union County community,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “If you are an employer, I encourage you to get in touch with us, and let us assist you in fulfilling your employment goals.”

Interested applicants for the Foodtown positions are being urged to attend an informational session on Wednesday, January 25th, 10 a.m. at the Workforce Innovation Business Center at the Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall, 651 Kapkowksi Road, Elizabeth.  Prospective candidates should first register online at www.ucnj.org/job-event to secure a spot. Anyone with further questions can call the Center at 908-355-4444 during regular business hours.

The jobs are in all departments of the store to be located at East Grand and Division Streets, and pay between a range of $8.44-$22 an hour.

Successful applicants will receive “soft skills” training” before they begin work through the Center, and may be matched to the jobs through the County’s “On the Job Training” program, which may qualify Foodtown for wage subsidies and a Work Opportunity Tax Credit through the state.

“As liaison to the Workforce Development Board, we made the development of public-private partnerships a priority so we can maximize employment for our residents,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados. “We’ve been able to create well over 1,000 new job opportunities last year alone for County residents with prospective employers. And I look forward to creating a even larger amount of employment opportunities for our residents in 2017.”

The second employer is from a company in Newark seeking to hire 50 new positions, acting as a liaison between customers and our client, a consumer package goods firm. The candidates would assist with complaints, orders, errors. The job is full-time, pays $13 an hour, plus commission. These jobs are open to residents inside and outside Union County.  Interested  candidates can email their resume to isaias.rivera@ucc.edu or call 908-355-4444.

The Workforce Innovation Business Center is a partnership between the Freeholder Board, the Workforce Development Board and Union County College.

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