Upcoming job fair helps refugees get back on their feet

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Salt Lake City is experiencing low unemployment, and some of the biggest job needs are in construction, trade and hospitality. One group who is helping to meet this job demand is Utah Refugee Services. Jake Maxwell from the Department of Economic Development, and Asha Parekh, the Refugee Services Office Director, joined Emily Clark to talk about how they’re trying to bridge the gap.

The Utah Refugee Services Office works to connect training providers and employers with apprenticeship programs, internships and career opportunities for the refugee youth in our community

They educate youth with refugee backgrounds about what may be available to them. This includes well-paid and rewarding occupations that do not require a 4-year degree. These opportunities provide hands-on work experience, it helps build soft skills and hard skills to help them become more competitive in the future.

There will be a Refugee Youth Job and Apprenticeship fair on Saturday March 31st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Training Center at Salt Lake Community College Meadowbrook Campus.

It’s a free event for area refugee youth and young adults ages 14-24.

Employers with be on site to talk about open full time, part time, seasonal, temporary, and summer jobs. They will have local staffing service companies on site, universities, and Utah companies looking to hire. There is a wide variety of jobs that need to be filled now in manufacturing, hospitality and resort, warehouse, construction, and more.

If you are a company is looking to hire, give them a call and they will work with you to find staffing solutions.

Utah receives about 1,000-1,100 refugees each year. Each family’s experience is unique, but all have fled dire circumstances. They are working hard to finding and building a new home. Having a good job helps set them on a positive path to get them on their feet and begin thriving.

For more information, visit Jobs.Utah.Gov/Refugee.

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