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Virtual career fair connects workers impacted by COVID-19 with jobs, training

Published on July 15, 2020

Dislocated workers impacted by COVID-19 will have an opportunity to get back on their feet soon thanks to a state career and training fair with employers and training providers across north Alabama.

The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, in collaboration with our local workforce council and educational partners, is working to connect residents temporarily out of work due to COVID-19 with upskilling training and in-demand job openings.

The free Upwards Career & Training Fair will take place July 14-16. Job seekers throughout the region can learn more and sign up to participate on UpwardsAlabama.com.

“We realize that unemployment numbers are at record highs since the Great Depression, and tens of thousands of people across the north Alabama region are facing the end of the additional $600/week unemployment check this month,” said Lydia Pennington, industry relations director for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. “Numerous people will not be returning to their previous jobs and the future looks bleak for many others. There are several employers still hiring and various training opportunities available, many of which are now being offered virtually.”

The regional event aims to match job seekers interested in a fulfilling career with employers who have high-demand jobs that provide family-sustaining wages. Although the job fair is live through July 16, Pennington said the website will remain active for at least two more weeks.

Anyone interested in joining should visit UpwardsAlabama.com as soon as possible for the best opportunities.

“Employers won’t be available to ‘chat’ (after July 16), but their virtual booths will still be active,” Pennington said. “Job seekers or those interested in training programs can access the site and review many options available in our area.”

Visit UpwardsAlabama.com to upload your resume and explore available jobs and training resources.