WINNSBORO — Businesses, schools and job-seekers came into Fairfield County last Friday from all over the area in an effort to find the right match at a job fair held at the Fairfield Recreation Center.
Jackie Workman, Fairfield County Community Liaison, teamed up with Tiffany Phillips from the SC DPPPS, Sandy Bostick from SCDEW and Rosalind Harper of SC Works to sponsor the event.
Nearly 30 vendors showed up looking to recruit new employees including the S.C. Highway Patrol, Columbia Fire Department, and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department. Several employment agencies were in attendance as well hiring for every type of position from customer service to custodial jobs.
School Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green also made a contribution, sending home flyers with all students to make sure parents knew of the opportunity.
Lance Corp. Greg Griggs from the S.C. Highway Patrol said his agency was especially looking for new troopers in rural counties like Fairfield, Chester and Lancaster. The Columbia Fire Department, which currently has around 450 firefighters on staff, is looking to hire another 20 to 25 by the end of the year.
Pruitt Health was also in attendance and looks to make several hires. They will also be holding another job fair at their Ridgeway facility on Oct. 30.
The training opportunities available were impressive. Midlands Technical College, Grayson Technical College, and the Construction Training Center in Blair each offered job training for some of the better paying jobs currently needed both in Fairfield County as well as throughout the state.
The Construction Training Center specializes in different types of construction training and is currently featuring a class on rod busting. With the ongoing construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant, rod busters have been in great need and nationally average over $30 per hour.
Thanks to the CTC’s persistence, they have recently gained funding from the federal government so that they can offer their training with financial aid for those who qualify.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.