Marlborough – On Tuesday, Sept. 24, more than 30 local and regional employers seeking to fill more than 100 positions will converge on the Courtyard by Marriott Marlborough, 75 Felton St., for the second annual Marlborough Works! Job Fair.
The event, organized by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in conjunction with Quinsigamond Community College, is part of Mayor Arthur Vigeant's initiative to increase local employment.
Doors will open to the public from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mayor Vigeant and City Council President Trish Pope will be available on site for comments at 6 p.m.
Thirty-three companies from various industries have registered to participate in the free event. Raytheon, Hologic, Weetabix, Ken's Foods, Marlborough Hospital, Prudential, and many others will be looking to fill positions in about a dozen different industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, renewable energy, and biotechnology.
The MEDC expects about 400 jobseekers to attend. MEDC Executive Director Tim Cummings said his organization has made every effort to create a conducive environment for companies to fill their openings quickly and, preferably, on the spot.
“We took the feedback from last year seriously and, based on it, we'se made a lot of improvements this year,” Cummings said. “Among other things, we have taken on a larger space and limited the number of companies participating. We'se also secured private rooms for interviews and provided computers, so jobseekers can fill out online applications on the spot.”
Another new addition to this year's fair is the participation of the “Cooking up a Culinary Career” certification program for out-of-school youths aged 17-21, funded by the Partnership for a Skilled Workforce. While not offering actual employment, this free initiative aims to empower and equip disadvantaged young people, including those with cognitive or mental health issues, with the skills and assistance they need to find a satisfying career in the food and beverage industry.
Jobseekers can get daily updates on participating companies and open positions at the MEDC's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MarlboroughEDC, and on Twitter @MarlboroughEDC. Although registration is not mandatory, those interested in attending the fair are encouraged to register at http://trainnow.qcc.edu/modules/shop/index.html?action=section&OfferingID=1043&SectionID=1403.