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DOL to conduct job fair for food-stamp recipients

THE local Department of Labor will conduct a job fair for food-stamp recipients to help the private sector recruit more U.S. qualified workers now that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun implementing the 3,000 CW cut for fiscal year 2018.

DOL Secretary Vicky Benavente said the job fair will be held today, Jan. 10, Wednesday, in conjunction with the Nutrition Assistance Program office.

A DOL clinic will be held on Feb. 22 and another DOL Job Fair is scheduled for April 14.

This is the first time the department is holding a job fair for NAP recipients in an effort to place them into the workforce, according to Walter Macaranas, NAP program administrator.

He said the job fair today, Wednesday, will be held on the ground floor of the NAP office in As Lito from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

He said the companies confirming their participation include the Kanoa Resort, the Fiesta Resort, the Hyatt, PIC, Imperial Pacific, the Mariana Resort and the G4S Security Agency.

Macaranas said various job positions will be offered to over 200 NAP participants.

“We are targeting 300 of the participants including those on Tinian and Rota. As of this time, there are already 200-plus who have registered to participate in our work registration program,” he said.

“This job fair is very important for people seeking employment. We know that our businesses are struggling to fill many important positions. So we reached out to the [Department of Community and Cultural Affairs] secretary and the DOL secretary as well as to [the hotel association] which sent invitations to its members and these are the employers who have responded. We are expecting that a lot of participants will come and register with these companies. Interviews will be arranged immediately once the employers determine that the applicants are qualified for the jobs.”

He said if a NAP participant does not show up at the job fair, he or she could be removed from the program.

“If they don’t show up they must have a good reason —if they don’t, then we might have to reconsider their participation in NAP. Our clients must understand that, if they are given an appointment for an interview by the employer, they should be there on time. If they are offered the job, they should take it. If they are hired, they should maintain that employment and exhibit good conduct. If they quit, we will look into it and see if there is a good reason for quitting. If there is none we will not allow them to participate in the NAP program for three months,” Macaranas said.

“There are repercussions for violations or non-compliance with the requirements. For the first offense, we will not allow them to participate in the program for three months. For the second violation, non-participation for six months; and for the third violation, permanent disqualification.”

There are around 7,000 NAP recipients, but these include children.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101375-dol-to-conduct-job-fair-for-food-stamp-recipients

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