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Free OC Workforce Development Resource Fair a Success at the Asian Garden Mall
Last Saturday, October 23, in collaboration with the Orange County Workforce Development Board and the LA/OC Building Trades, Supervisor Andrew Do hosted a Workforce Development and Resource Fair at the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster.
“Despite the uncertainty of job opportunities that have resulted from the pandemic, skilled trades jobs remain in high demand and provide great employment opportunities for job seekers,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered one of the worst jobs crises since the Great Depression. And the cost of a college education and upskilling has become a barrier for many low-income jobseekers, at times limiting their options in the workforce.
“There are many alternative routes to a successful career that don’t require a college degree,” said Supervisor Do. “Trade careers provide practical and useful skills, incur less student loan debt, and will always be in demand.”
The OC Workforce Development Board oversees the County’s workforce development activities and establishes programs in response to the workforce needs of Orange County residents, including labor market information, employment and training services, and business assistance.
The One-Stop Mobile Unit, a reinvention of the OC One-Stop Center on wheels, delivered these workforce employment services to members of the public at the Asian Garden Mall on October 23.
“It is important for youth, job seekers, and even those looking to change career paths to have access to necessary resources so they can be better informed about what job opportunities exist,” said Supervisor Do.
In addition to the One-Stop Mobile Unit, representatives from the OC Public Libraries provided activities for children while representatives from the LA / OC Building Trades were available to provide resources and information to youth and job seekers. Ironworkers, Plumbers, Electricians, and Sheet Metal Workers were among the trades at the event.
“The workforce development fair is the first of many more to come in the First District,” said Supervisor Do. “We are making it easier for people to find a job or change career paths.”
Thank you to OC Public Libraries, the OC Workforce Development Team, and all the trade representatives from the LA/OC Building Trades who participated!
Orange County Chairman Andrew Do represents the First District communities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Fountain Valley, and Midway City. In addition to health and safety-based COVID-19 response planning, he has reformed Orange County’s mental health services, expanded access to health care, and led efforts to combat homelessness.