Updated at 4:23 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Employers invited to Hilo information fair
Advertiser StaffThe Mayor's Task Force on Employment Solutions invites employers to an Information Fair tomorrow in Hilo as part of an initiative to encourage companies to hire men and women looking for work after serving prison sentences.
The fair will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Aunty Sally's Luau Hale, and will feature presentations by agencies and companies that offer services to support former inmates and the employers who hire them.
Blayne Hanagami, Hawai'i branch manager for the workforce development division of state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, said the fair is designed to introduce employers to the arraya of services available to former inmates, ranging from job training to domestic violence counseling.
"It's pretty much just letting the employers know there is tremendous community support" for employing the ex-offenders, Hanagami said.
The fair is sponsored by the "Going Home" initiative, one of several initiatives under the Mayor's Task Force on Employment Solutions set up to ease the labor shortage.