A massive collaboration among 13 counties in North Alabama is aimed at helping find employment for thousands of people who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Upwards Career & Training Fair is a virtual event that will take place July 14-16. It’s a collaboration among chambers and economic development agencies in Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Lawrence, Madison, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.
Stephanie McCulloch is the Interim Executive Director for North Alabama Works she says,
“Before COVID hit we were struggling to find people to work so now we are in a place where there are some who are looking to re-skill so we are excited about the job fair being a career and training fair.”
And training opportunities may not cost you a dime
“There’s opportunities out there right now with funds behind them so people can go back to school and get some of the training for some of these high wage, high demand jobs that are here in our region,” says McCulloch.
“We want to pair people who are looking for opportunity with people who need them, there are a lot of companies who are hiring this is a great opportunity to get connected,” says Claire Aiello the Vice president, marketing & communications for the Huntsville/ Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Companies and job seekers are encouraged to register ahead of the career fair at UpwardsAlabama.com. Job seekers also can upload resumes and explore the companies that are hiring and see what training resources are offered.
Suggested times for employers and job seekers to get online and talk are:
- Tuesday, July 14: 1-4 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 15: 2-4 p.m., 7-8 p.m. optional
- Thursday, July 16: 9 a.m.-noon
May numbers from the Alabama Department of Labor show unemployment was at 9.9 percent statewide. In the above counties taking part in this month’s job fair, the number was at 7.8 percent – or 42,146 people.