Innovate+Educate reports more than a third of unemployed participants are working today after taking part in last month’s job fair in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Innovate+Educate (I+E), a national, non-profit organization driving competency-based training and hiring for in-demand jobs in New Mexico and throughout the United States, today announced the success and results from the Job-Ready-Hire Fair held in Albuquerque last month. 

As part of a national effort to promote skills-based hiring, the Job-Ready-Hire Fair included 611 total job seekers on Thursday, May 19, at Isotopes Park. According to the 19 participating employers from the event, more than 270 job offers have been made or are pending as of this week.

The Job-Ready-Hire Fair was designed to give young adults, ages 18-24, an opportunity to apply for and get work based on their skills rather than their experience, reinforcing the importance of WorkKeys and skills training as an alternate pathway for job seekers to find employment and for employers to find talent.

"Just in Bernallio County alone, there are more than 20,000 young professionals under 24 years old who are out of school and out of work. Our goal was to show them that new pathways to employment are available based on recognized skills and competencies,"said Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate+Educate. "Job-Ready-Hire was more than just another job fair, but a model for the entire country to find new ways to career opportunities."

Interested candidates were invited to register for free and to pre-schedule their interviews. Qualifications and skill sets were provided on "skills badges" so potential employers could quickly screen candidates on-site and find good matches for vacant positions. As examples, Sitel has hired approximately 100 people from the event. Fresquez Concessions, Inc. hired 22 people. Wal-Mart, Lowes, Starbucks, Genesis HealthCare and Dreamstyle Remodeling also hired many candidates, and other extended job offers are underway.

Job-Ready- Hire was held across from the Isotopes field in the Pit parking lot, and was followed by food, music, and a baseball game. This event included community partners from the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico Workforce Connection - Central Region, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Youth Development Inc., Jobs for America Graduates, JobCorp, and ABC Community Schools Partnership. The work was funded through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation of New York, focused on leveraging the ongoing work of Talent ABQ, a skills-based hiring initiative funded by the City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department.

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