More than 125 job seekers registered at the event held in Yonkers
Born out of an initiative to combat the nation’s high unemployment rate among people with disabilities, Westchester County held its first Diverse Skills Job Fair. Westchester County Executive George Latimer welcomed job seekers at the Riverfront Library in Yonkers. The hiring event attracted employers looking to fill open positions. Open to all qualified candidates with disabilities, job seekers were able to request accommodations, connect with employers and interview on-site.
“Being inclusive of people with diverse abilities drives the culture of a company and really embraces inclusion. Job fairs like this are simply good business practice and help retain qualified talent so businesses continue to grow here in Westchester,” said County Executive George Latimer.
Westchester County Office of Persons with Disabilities Director Evan Latainer said, “We want to continue to provide our diversely abled community with the opportunity to be in the room where it all happens and the opportunity to showcase their unique job skills while providing support local businesses. to contract an untapped resource here in the county.”
Westchester Office of Economic Development Director Bridget Gibbons said, “We know that people with disabilities have a high rate of unemployment, and we see it as a ‘win-win’ if we can help more employers hire people. with disabilities. We are looking to expand our role and make an impact with more inclusive job fairs.”
Participating employers: Amazon, AFYA, The Arc Westchester, CVS, New York Presbyterian, Jawonio, ShopRite, Southern Westchester BOCES, WestHab, and the Westchester County Department of Social Services. Students from local high schools also attended, including the A-Team program at Roosevelt High School, which consists of diversely abled students ages 14-21.
This job fair saw over 125 job seekers.
Posted on September 16, 2022